In 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi was founded on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals in business and to further the individual welfare of its members during college and beyond.
College men and women everywhere are discovering that Alpha Kappa Psi is much more than just another organization or club—it is a unique, prestigious association of students, professors, graduates and professionals with common interests and goals. They join Alpha Kappa Psi for the valuable educational and networking opportunities, as well as the brotherhood.
Our brother spotlight this week is Jessica Tan, a junior double majoring in Political Science and Learning and Organizational Change with a BIP minor. She is the Co-President of EPIC, Northwestern’s entrepreneurship student group. She will be in San Francisco this summer, interning at 500 Startups!
1. How has being in AKPsi influenced your NU career?
When I first came to Northwestern, I was extremely interested in entrepreneurship. However, at the time, the entrepreneurship movement at Northwestern was only starting to pick up, and I found myself diverging from my original interests as I explored other mainstream paths.
Joining AKPsi provided me a safe space to explore various career paths and confirm my interest in entrepreneurship. Without learning from other brothers about the different tracks, I would not have found the confidence to pursue entrepreneurship as a career. Being a part of AKPsi not only helped me confirm my passion for entrepreneurship, but also gave me the skills, resources, and connections to excel at it. I have even found potential startup cofounders within the fraternity!
Now, as an upperclassman in AKPsi, I hope to further develop the entrepreneurship community within AKPsi and mentor new brothers who are interested in the field. It has truly been a pleasure to see the growing number of entrepreneurial brothers, and I can’t wait to see more.
2. What was your favorite memory of AKPsi?
Making late-night crepes during a reunion with my pledge-class girls!
3. What do you plan on doing after college?
I plan to eventually become a social entrepreneur back in Indonesia. My goal is to further promote growth and disrupt ineffective local practices through innovative methods and technology. Income inequality is an enormous problem in Indonesia, and I hope to contribute to the efforts of solving this issue by improving Indonesia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.