As a new Freshman, I wasn’t even thinking about greek life. It wasn’t until rush week that I thought about maybe listening to what each house has to say. I saw flyers everywhere about Rush. My best friend, who was a sophomore, was in a fraternity and he had a lot of influence on me too. I went through rush and decided I matched Phi Kappa Sigma more than the other fraternity. At this point in time, I belonged to Queens University of Charlotte and the Class of 2013. I had not taken on any other reference groups that related to college.
I chose Phi Kappa Sigma because I saw a future with them. I felt comfortable with their organization and really believed in their seven core values. My best friend was in it and I knew if that was what he chose, then that is what I should do. I compared him to my values. I accepted him as my friend so he passed my test. If he belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma, then in theory, it should be good for me too. I wanted their name to represent me and vise versa. I am now a fraternity man. I never would have thought I would be labeled that, but I am. Not that I go around flaunting it, but I know at times, I can represent greek life and be a part of a group that others can’t.
At the beginning of my college career, the 2 reference groups I belonged to were important. They were my main focus. Now, as a Senior ready to graduate, I belong to over 12 Queens’ related reference groups, and I’m sure I’m missing some. I love being active and involved. I like to lead and give support whenever I can. I am proud to Represent all of my reference groups. I feel complete and important. My fraternity gives me a home and all the support I need.