Facteau Picture David Facteau 

Fraternity:

Theta Chi

Position/Involvement: Student Government Association- Executive Vice President of Initiatives

Background:

Hometown:

Johns Creek, GA

High School:

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Class:

2018

Major:

Psychology 

 

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Why did you join a fraternity?        

  • I joined a fraternity because I wanted to be a part of something that was bigger than myself. Growing up, I played sports and always loved the experience of being on a team. Coming to college, joining a fraternity made sense to me. I loved being a part of a pledge class and working together to achieve a common goal. 

One of the biggest concerns of incoming freshman and their parents is the financial aspect; do you feel it was worth paying the average of 1500 a semester?     

  • It is worth every cent. Theta Chi is where I have made my best friends, and it has continually been my support system throughout college. College is a time where you do a lot of growing up, and my fraternity has been there for me through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Having that support system is something that I will be forever grateful for.

Another concern of a lot of parents is being able to balance fraternity life with academics, what advice would you give to incoming freshman to help them enjoy all aspects of college while maintaining good grades?

  • I think the biggest thing is learning how to prioritize and being able to say “no”. Every member of a fraternity is here to get a degree and to prepare themselves for the next chapter in their lives. Fraternities provide their members with resources and opportunities to better their academics. I struggled in a class my freshman year, and I had an older brother help tutor me. I not only improved in the class that I was struggling in, but I was able to learn valuable study strategies from that older brother which benefited me throughout my college career. Another important lesson to learn is when to say “no” to friends. Sometimes you may have friends who want to go out and do something fun, and college is supposed to be fun, but it’s important to learn when it is appropriate to go have fun and when its appropriate to take nights to dedicate to your studies.

What do you think/what are the benefits to joining a fraternity?

  • I think one of the benefits of joining a fraternity is immediately being put into a group of other freshman/sophomores right off the bat. I am very thankful for having my pledge class when I first started college because this allowed me to find a friend group very early on in my college experience.  Fraternities also keep you accountable and become your family away from home. If you’re sick, or struggling in a class, or you just need someone to talk to, your fraternity is a fantastic group of people to lean on during those times when you need someone.

What do you enjoy the most about your fraternity?

  • Tailgating before football game days is an absolute blast. It’s a fun time where everyone in the fraternity is in one place and just hanging out and watching football. People can get busy during the week, but it’s always something fun to look forward to on the weekends.

What is the biggest lesson (or two) that being in fraternity has taught you?

  • When working in a team, it is important to make sure that every individual pulls their appropriate weight. If one person doesn’t pull their weight, that can effect the rest of the team. For example, as a brother, if you slack off on your studies, that can determine if the entire fraternity gets seats for the next football season. Carrying your weight is important, and for a team to work effectively, every individual part of that team has to be working smoothly. I have also learned not to take myself too seriously. Being in a fraternity is fun, and college is supposed to be the best 4-5 years of your life. It is important to get work done when it is the appropriate time to get work done, but it is also just as important to enjoy yourself along the way.                    

If you could go back would you do it again?

  • I would absolutely do it again without a doubt in my mind.