Proud to Be Greek Wednesdays - August 15th, 2018
The lifelong bonds you form, the communities you serve, and the invaluable lessons you learn are all part of an unforgettable Greek organization experience. Joining a brotherhood or sisterhood is an honor and a privilege, and with it comes social awareness and responsibility. Each week we are going to be featuring an essay written by a fraternity/sorority member to highlight how Greek life has had a positive impact.
A Family I Respect
I came into CSULB as a third year transfer student from the bay area. I knew literally nobody from the Long Beach area. And my major doesnâ€™t have many people so the connections I could make in that were limited. I needed an outlet for social activity. I needed people in my life. And honestly, I never really had a family that I considered family other than my little brother. My first week in school I was asking about how fraternities work and where I can find them. I knew for a fact that I wanted to be in a fraternity. Not just for my career and not just to have fun in college. But so I can have a group of people that I really consider family.
I went to the alumni event for my organization FIJI and I met some really amazing old dudes. I knew it was something special that these people still invested time in this fraternity despite their age. They told me this wasnâ€™t just for college days alone. I got a bid the next day and I promptly accepted it. I had people that would love me unconditionally if I went through the same ringer as them.
I put full effort into the process and I went to every event and I learned what it meant to manage time and have a brotherhood.
I saw what brotherhood could do for people during this time. My pledge brother Eduardo almost dropped. He felt vulnerable because he had a bad midterm and felt like his life was falling apart. Me and a couple other actives stayed up all night waiting for him and then talked to him for a couple hours. We went over his time management, what he wanted to do with his life, and in what ways we can help. Eduardo realized that the fraternity didnâ€™t hurt him and that the people around him could actually help him with school. We are a group of smart guys.
Because of moments like this, the adversity we have gone through together I now have someone who Iâ€™d die for and someone who would die for me. We will always have this and the Greek life facilitated this type of brotherhood.
So for me, Greek life wasnâ€™t about the girls or partying, which are both nice. But it gave me a family. A family that I like and respect and love that didnâ€™t occur through happenstance. We all went through similar struggles and we are all marching upward for the betterment of ourselves and brothers. This is how Greek Life affected me.