Jonathan Kittle

Fraternity: 

Sigma Tau Gamma


Position/Involvement: President, Sigma Tau Gamma

Background:

Hometown:

Opelika, AL

High School:

Opelika High School

Class:

2016 (Graduated)

Major:

Biomedical Sciences Major/Pre Med

 

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Why did you join a fraternity?        

  • My dad is Greek and is still very active as an alumnus for his fraternity. I loved hearing his stories and he told me often of the various qualities and life lessons he learned as an undergraduate, so I knew I wanted a similar experience to broaden my horizons and make life-long friends in the process.

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?     

  • I do for several reasons, but mainly because you get the most “bang for your buck.” With any organization or hobby, at some point you have to pay in order to fully participate. Fraternities offer so many opportunities, from leadership to social to philanthropy, that members get an involvement experience that is the whole package which, I believe, sets Greek life apart from other organizations in a great way.

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?

  • Time management is key to success in college, Greek or not. While new member programs take time out of your day, they also are designed so new members have plenty of time to study. I would say take advantage of free time throughout the day, like in between classes, right after classes, even waking up a little early to study before class. That way, your evening is generally free to participate in anything going on. 

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

  • Fraternities offer many different opportunities. There are many leadership positions in every group, ranging from responsibilities that take less than an hour a week to being president. Philanthropy and service are also large parts of every Greek organization, which allow you to give back to the Auburn community. You also get exposed to so many different people from different backgrounds that you learn how to talk to people, which is a skill that every career field values and you cannot learn in a classroom.

What do you enjoy the most about your fraternity?

  • I enjoy the relationships. Shortly after joining, I became fast friends with guys from every corner of campus with different stories and views, so coming from a smaller town I got to learn a lot about people. I also treasure many of the friendships built through my fraternity experience and know that they will endure long past graduation, which is something I value very highly. 

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

  • I have learned a lot about dealing with people. Fraternities make many decisions throughout the year that everyone has an opinion about, so the ability to have a productive discussion that takes all views into consideration is a very valuable skill to have. This skill will also be useful outside and beyond the undergraduate Greek experience as disagreements happen at some point in every professional field. 

If you could go back would you do it again?

  • I would, and I would not change a thing.