Proud to Be Greek Wednesdays - May 16th, 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. Leaving a Legacy The first few weeks of college were full of excitement, energy, and friendliness. As the weeks went on though, I constantly searched for friends to hang out with on the weekends and outside of class. Having no luck, I heavily considered transferring to another college but was still determined to join a fraternity. Since my college only allowed freshmen to rush during their second semester, I stuck with my college for one more semester- one last shot. During rush, I went to all sorts of different events but wasnâ€™t finding a strong connection to any fraternity. I heard that a new fraternity was being introduced on my campus though, so I decided to check them out. Thatâ€™s when I discovered Pi Kappa Phi and was given the opportunity to become a founding father of a new chapter. Throughout high school I heard all about crazy stories of hazing happening across America, and I didnâ€™t like the stigma that was thrust upon people like my mom, dad, and sister who never hazed anyone. Being a founding father, I could have a strong voice in building a new culture that didnâ€™t need hazing to form everlasting bonds of brotherhood. In the beginning, there were thirteen of us who came from different backgrounds, ages, and classes. As a freshman, I was elected to our executive boardâ€™s chaplain position. Big challenges laid ahead of me in order to bond both upper and lower classmen, so I started organizing with other executive board and associate members. This resulted in a slew of brotherhood events, our first overnight retreat, and many rituals that bonded us together into brothers. I learned about leadership, confidence, and initiative, things still important as a graduating senior. After 14 months, on April 21, 2016, we officially charted as the Kappa Theta chapter of Pi Kappa Phi. After my time building the chapter, Iâ€™ve stepped back from leadership and leave it in the capable hands of the younger brothers. I want to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren to be inspired by, so that they can go out and create their own path. Joining Pi Kappa Phi as a founding father wasnâ€™t the easier road, but looking back was the right one. It cemented that there were friends and brothers here in San Diego for me, including one who I now call my little brother. It gave me the courage and initiative to study two majors, spend six months abroad on two different study abroad programs, and join a co-ed professional business fraternity (some of its members I call brothers twice over now). Iâ€™ve had to grow throughout all of these events, and it hasnâ€™t ever gotten easier but I can look back on all these semesters with my brothers in Pi Kappa Phi with joy. Weâ€™ve created a legacy that will inspire more young men looking for common brotherhood to join us, so that they too may become exceptional leaders and gentlemen of Pi Kappa Phi.