“You’re still involved with your Fraternity? Aren’t you an alumni”
I sure am
Working in a Lean/Agile company, I find myself using skills that I only acquired in one place: The Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Theta Xi Fraternity. It’s why I’m still involved as board member for our alumni association. It’s the reason I persevered through adversity and also how I met my future wife.
Had to throw that last one in there!
My biggest takeaway out of the several thousand I could choose from is that finding yourself in the deep end is not a disaster! Applying critical thinking to complex challenges that I had never faced became the norm after associating. Leaning on my brothers when I needed support and collaborating in a structured environment to advance a shared vision taught me the logistics of notepad dreams into a reality. Translate those to the business world and it’s easy to see why I’m still so involved.
What I believe is important for the new generation of active brothers is not reinventing wheel. The plethora of pitfalls a fraternity faces are vast and making the same mistakes twice can end the show. It’s a difficult undertaking to consult and guide them. Sometimes, they even need to make their own mistakes to learn but providing a helpful network to draw upon for these young men is what we’re here to do!
I’m far from the only alumni who has gone on to be successful and is still involved. We instill a sense of tradition and bring years of combined knowledge to light the way for our younger brothers. Even if they feel like they’re in the weeds, there is always a shared lesson to be taken away after.
I give back to the younger brothers with my time, knowledge and fraternity acumen not because I have to but because it is my responsibility. To the family that provided me a home, taught me how to truly be a man and empowered me with skills to be successful in the real world, there isn’t much I wouldn’t give.
So yes, I am:
Still involved, still wearing letters and always representing what it means to be a Theta Xi long after graduation.