Spotlight Brother: Brother Jessie Parkhurst

Our Spotlight Brother this week is Brother Jessica Parkhurst! Jessica is a management major graduating this semester. She became a Brother in Fall semester of 2015 with Pi class. Jessica was secretary in Spring of 2015 and has been a dedicated brother during her time in Eta Rho.

What is your favorite AKPsi memory?

I could not say I have a favorite memory, just a conglomerate of awesome ones.  The best ones would include: crossing over, acting as a new member educator, playing softball, kickball, volleyball, and dodgeball, having an awesome big, finding a great workout/talking partner, playing many games of Settlers of Catan, and I cannot forget a shout out for the countless hours I have spent with the brothers at 712 Aberdeen eating their food.

If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would you say?

I would probably tell myself to enjoy the ride a bit more and to trust that things would work out for the best.  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I never felt particularly passionate about any subject or career I had considered.  This uncertainty about my career and the future was a constant source of anxiety for me, but it shouldn’t have been. From this anxiety, I have learned four crucial lessons that past me should pay attention to.  One, your career, while super important, is only one aspect of your life and does not define who you are as a human being.  Two, worrying about the things you cannot change is the most worthless kind of anxiety. Next, it is worth trying new things and taking risks in order to find out what you want out of life.  And lastly but probably the most important, consistently maintain a positive attitude.

After leaving Eta Rho, what do you hope brothers will remember about you?

I would hope that they remember an individual with a positive attitude who is determinedly driven towards success and happiness.  But, I think they will mostly remember how many times I mispronounced Duc’s name when I was Secretary, thank goodness he went LOA (sorry Duc!).

What will you miss most about Eta Rho?

I will miss the constant comradery and encouragement.  It is always nice to know that there is a group of people who is genuinely happy for your successes and has your back in forgetful situations.  Forgot a calculator and you need one in 10 minutes? Chances are one out of seventy something brothers has got you.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be stronger than your strongest excuse.”  I have no idea who said it, but it has stuck with me.  Whenever I start to rationalize my own laziness, this is what pops into my head and it makes me realize I am just making excuses up in my head.  Doing a couple sit-ups and then eating a whole pizza does not cancel itself out.  Waiting until the last minute to do something because I “work well under pressure” is not a good idea.  Eating a quart of ice cream is not a nutritious snack because of the calcium content.