Greek life. What are the words that come to mind when you hear this term? Hazing? Party? Frat Life? I have heard a number of these, but that is not what comes to mind when I hear them. I think of family, community, service, leadership and brotherhood. Since joining Phi Sigma Pi, the co-ed honor fraternity on campus, these words have become vital not only in my vocabulary, but in my life. Through this amazing organization, I have become the person I want to be.
I have always been a bit self conscious in social settings. Until I get a feel for the people and the atmosphere, I can be on the shy side. This comes down to the biggest fear I have, which is looking dumb in front of other. I hate that I see that as a fear, but it is something I cannot ignore. However, becoming a Brother in this organization has helped me overcome this because these people will not judge me. They have shown me that being myself, regardless of how silly I can be, is a great thing. They have helped me embrace who I am, and to show everyone my true colors. They have introduce me to what it is like to take chances. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the video below. It takes a courage to run a bed down College Ave in front of a number of people. Was it worth it? Totally.
One of the best things Phi Sigma Pi has done for me is reminded me the importance of service. This is not to say I did not like volunteering or doing community service. I used to do it because it was required. Now, it is something I look forward to. One of my favorite service events happens to be one of the biggest events held at Rutgers, Dance Marathon. This will be my second year dancing for 30 hours. Our fraternity was able to adopt and dance for a little girl through Embrace Kids Foundation. Through Phi Sigma Pi I dance with some amazing Brothers for 30 hours without sitting. I am able to take part in Rutgers history. Through this organization, I have learned how far volunteering, community service, and a helping hand can go.
I could tell you all the benefits of going Greek, and what you can gain. I can tell you about the lifetime friendships, about the experience and skill you can learn. However, I want to tell you how one organization is changing my life for the better. When rushing the Fraternity, Brothers tend to say that new members always have something to give to the organization. Instead, they should tell how the fraternity will bring something into their life. I would know, because it has happened to me.