What is Cornerstones?
Personal and professional development? That's Cornerstones.
The Cornerstones membership development plan breaks down to a few simple things. First, Cornerstones is learning the things they don't teach in the classroom. Any personal, professional, or academic development qualifies as Cornerstones. This is the rent we pay for getting to have a fraternity and creates a valuable program to recruit new members with.
Here are the parts of a Cornerstones program (If you provide 1-3, you are creating enormous value for membership):
Members should set goals (usually at least a 1 month, one semester, and this academic year) and share them with each other. Part of our mission as an organization is to "prepare ourselves as educated men" and goal setting is part of achieving that. This is often done as part of a chapter retreat.
Chapter should provide monthly Cornerstone presentations at a chapter meeting (preferably with dinner) from alumni, faculty, professors, masons, etc.
- Keep track of lectures and presentations on campus and present opportunities at chapter meeting,
- Plan monthly (optional) trips to lectures/activities (such as a museum free day or an evening lecture on any topic) for members to attend as a grou
- Weekly presentations by members on skills/interests (such as having the top three GPA talk about their study habits)
3) Cornerstones app/networking/mentoring:
Cornerstones for iPhone helps to track objectives and values as part of intentional networking. Members have the opportunity to work together with AHQ staff to learn more about potential careers, internships, and job opportunities using our methodology.
4) 4 Year Membership Development Plan:
- Year one (freshman year): Join the fraternity, learn about IFC, the Greek community, and your campus/community
- Year two (sophomore year): Join a student group, learn more about personal interests and passions
- Year three (junior year): Take leadership in student groups/on campus, seek internships and networking opportunities (if you haven't already) - take advanced tests (LSAT, GRE, MCAT) and apply to graduate schools
- Year four (senior year): Seek job opportunities/apply to graduate schools