Connecting your Student Involvement to your Future: Alpha Kappa Psi

Kaitlyn Diaz – February 9th, 2018

Check out this week’s spotlight on Alpha Kapppa Psi (AKPsi) featuring Winnie Tsao, who is a third year majoring in Commerce and minoring in Religious Studies. AKPsi is UVA's only co-ed professional business fraternity. During AKPsi’s pledging process, you have the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of business and different fields in the business world. AKPsi provides various service events and professional development events throughout the semester and you are challenged to think outside the box to discover what career path is best suited for you. Read on to learn Winnie’s story with AKPsi.


What is the benefit of joining AKPsi?

The major benefit of joining AKPsi is you get the chance to be surrounded by a a group of friends that share a similar interest in business. By joining AKPsi, you gain a network of people that want to help you with your career goals and develop a lifelong group of friends. During the pledging process, you get a chance to learn about different fields of business and as a brother you get to continue your exploration through various professional development events.

What is your current role and overall experience of being involved in AKPsi? How have you achieved, or hope to attain personal development?

Currently I'm the Vice President of Professional Development for AKPsi. I've previously served as the pledge class secretary, rush chair, and Master of Rituals on the executive board. AKPsi has allowed me to achieve and surpass all of my personal and career goals. From my pledging semester until now, I have been able to learn so much more about business than I would have imagined. With the help of AKPsi, I was able to land a career in the field that I was interested in and through different positions I have served within the organization I have been able to learn how to lead a team and manage large scale events.

What are some transferrable skills gained from being a member of AKPsi that can be mentioned in a resume or interview?

As a new member, you learn a lot of interpersonal skills and technical skills. During our pledging process, a lot of the business assignments are focused around working with a team so you learn how to work with a team and tackle team conflict. We also guide new members through how to give presentations and public speaking which is very valuable in a professional setting. As for technical skills, new members gain the ability to learn problem solving through a consulting lens as well as basic finance knowledge.

How does AKPsi help undergraduate students explore their options, in terms of career track, or explore something about themselves?

As a professional business fraternity, AKPsi allows you to learn about the different industries in business (such as finance, consulting, marketing etc.) to help you narrow down what path you may be interested in. The new member process exposes you to each of these fields so that you get a feel for the type of work that is being done in each industry. In addition, we hold a spring break trek to New York to meet with different firms so that you can learn more about different companies in a range of different business industries. Lastly, we hold different professional development events with various firms to learn more about the specific firm and gain advice from then on the career search process.

What advice/information would you give to UVA students interested in exploring AKPsi? What is the time commitment?

Come out to rush! We hold rush events at the beginning of the spring and fall semesters and rush is open to all years and majors. During spring semester, rush is usually near the end of January so look out for FB events, flyers, etc. on when our rush events are. You can also check out our website, akpsiatuva.org and/ or email Akshay Bothra, ab2jp@virginia.edu (President) for more info. The time commitment for rush is pretty flexible; however, the more events that you come out to the more brothers are able to get to know you which is helpful for when we select our new class every semester. The pledging process itself is a larger time commitment in that there are different workshops and assignments to help you gain exposure into the different fields of business.

What general advice do you have for students who are uncertain in what they want to get involved in? How can they start exploring?

My advice is to talk to an upperclassman they feel comfortable with or talk to their RA. When I was a first and second year, a lot of what shaped me into who I am now and what shaped my UVA experience as a whole was advice I gained from talking to upperclassmen. After being at UVA for a couple years, they have loads of knowledge of all the different CIOs on grounds, how to approach picking a major, and advice on how to make the best out of your college experience. I would reach out to an upperclassman to hear about their experiences and see if they have any advice to get you started. 


Check out AKPsi’s website for more information about the rush schedule at http://akpsiatuva.org/. Contact Winnie Tsao, wyt4fg@virginia.edu (VP of Professional Development) or Akshay Bothra,  ab2jp@virginia.edu (President) for any questions.