Reflections on Phi Sigma Iota
Foreign Language Honor Society, Officer Member 2013-2014
“Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 250 chapters of Phi Sigma Iota at institutions of higher learning in the US, Mexico and France.”
Since my initiation into Phi Sigma Iota, I have been an active officer in seeking and recruiting members who are interested in foreign languages, French in particular. Part of the recruiting this year involves encouraging students of French to submit to our yearly publication, ME Magazine resulting in an increase in the French submissions. This year, I helped formulate the grant proposal to bring a Chico State PSI alumnus to enrich the campus with his international concert and recital. Being heavily invested in the French program and working closely with officers, students, and professors from other programs, I believe that working together across the language departments only further reinforces PSI’s mission to foster a deeper understanding across cultures and language. As a graduate student in Teaching International Languages, I believe that PSI serves as a fruitful community to share my ideals and passion for language, language teaching and language learning.
My experiences will be used towards the enhancement of cross-cultural communication and education. I will take with me the ideals of Phi Sigma Iota to promote cross-cultural engagement in bridging and advancing sustainable development and tolerance in underdeveloped and developed countries alike. I firmly believe that I have a calling in life to work toward something larger than myself, and my experiences with Phi Sigma Iota will advance and hone my skill set so that I can serve as a valuable catalyst to affect lasting, sustainable and positive change. Nearly equipped with a Masters degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, a Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and in French, a TESOL certificate and soon enough, a certificate to teach College Level Writing, I am at a mere beginning on my life and I possess nothing but excitement as a future alumnus and ambassador of Phi Sigma Iota. The experience and opportunities with Phi Sigma Iota serve as the cornerstone to my education and will allow me to create lasting change.