By Omer Lavian, BY
On the eve of Sunday, November 17, an event occurred that had the potential to change a Bruin's life! Psi brothers and EK sisters got the chance to hear about the various career paths being pursued by alumni and use those conversations as tools for their own career journeys. This event was, of course, Joint Networking Night.
The Psi Chapter's Alumni Relations Officer, Haley Breland, made some wonderful cookies to enhance the event. To her surprise, the group that had just been in the room used for this event left the remains of an ENORMOUS spread of food that they had prepared for their event and let PsiEK finish it! Attendees of Joint Networking Night thus had access to a variety of treats ranging from a nutritious veggie platter to a scrumptious pumpkin pie to some refreshing lemonade!
Once the event got rolling, Psi alum Sukhi Bassi told those in attendance about how he is currently in graduate school to become a school counselor. Amazingly, when talking to Psi brother Omer Lavian at one point during the event, he demonstrated one of the techniques he learned during his counseling training. This demonstration gave event attendees a sense of the type of work Sukhi is trying to do in the future.
EK alum Emily Tsai also talked to the group at the event about her career path. Emily is currently attending law school at UC Irvine. At Joint Networking Night, she gave attendees insight regarding the types of questions one would expect to find on the LSAT and the skills that make up a successful lawyer. She also gave those in attendance a sense of the daily life of a law school student. Anyone who listened to Emily speak that night was able to get some sense of whether or not becoming a lawyer was for them.
In conclusion, Joint Networking Night was a great success this year because it benefitted both active members of Psi and EK as well as alumni of those organizations. Actives got the chance to hear about multiple career paths and see if any of them appealed to them, while alumni got the chance to reconnect with Psi and EK after having already graduated. Such events show that Brotherhood and Sisterhood persist throughout one's life, even after graduating from UCLA. It is no wonder, then, that Psi brothers sing, "If I must die, I am a Brother of K K Psi," that EK sisters sing, "From this day until my rest, with my sisters I am best," and that when the two organizations come together, all those present sing that they are "in the Bond forever."