Northern Vice-President

2016-2017 Northern Vice-President
Phil Bridges


College/Chapter: McHenry County College/Chi Upsilon Chapter

Five Fast Facts:

  1.  I like when I do well; however, my passion is developing others to do well and succeed.
  2.  I am the youngest in my family, three brothers and three sisters.
  3.  I enjoy woodworking and working with my hands. I recently built a 10X10X20 foot shed of my own design, not a prefabricated kit.
  4.  I was an athlete; I played football, wrestling, and track all through high school. I have a winning attitude and I will do whatever I can to help my teammates succeed.
  5.  I am a Bears fan. Though games are rough at times, I believe they are on the right path to be excellent.

My Phi Theta Kappa Story:

I started college right after high school, not knowing what to expect. My outlook on education was shifting from something mandated and unimportant to something essential and life changing. Suddenly, I hit a roadblock and had to forgo my goals of finishing my schooling to get a full-time job. After working in management for over a decade, I finally seized an opportunity to return to school to finish my education. I was nervous about returning to school after so long. In addition to the fear of getting back into the routine of studying, I was also taking all of my courses online, which is a struggle in itself. After completing my first course, I realized that school was a lot easier than I remember. I correlate school with work; my teacher as my boss and my school assignments as work tasks. I cannot imagine telling my boss I am not going to complete a work task or not going to give 100%; I would be fired on the spot. I use that same mentality when approaching my schoolwork, which I believe has helped me be successful. When I was eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, I had never heard of it before, and I was apprehensive about joining. Therefore, I conducted some research and went to a few meetings to learn more. I quickly realized this was an outstanding service and leadership opportunity, and I wanted to be a part of this organization. When I joined Phi Theta Kappa, my advisors helped me every step of the way, helping put me in the position I am now; without their support, I might not be a regional officer. Phi Theta Kappa gave me confidence, told me I was intelligent, that I could make a huge impact on whatever I take part in. After so many years of hearing, “you can’t, you won’t, you’ll fail,” Phi Theta Kappa has changed my life by telling me, “you can, you will, you’ll succeed.”

My Favorite Phi Theta Kappa Moment (so far):
I have had great experiences so far since joining Phi Theta Kappa. My favorite moment would have to be attending Nerd Nation in Maryland. Words could not explain how spectacular the environment was. One session was on the achievements of different chapters and awards. Seeing so many different chapters be successful in accomplishing their goals and making their communities better was truly inspirational.

Favorite Quote Related to This Year’s Honors Study Topic:

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.