Alpha Tau Omega
Position/Involvement: Former Head Aubie; Former Camp War Eagle Counselor; Former Vice President, Alpha Tau Omega
Opelika High School
Why did you join a fraternity?
- I felt that fraternity life offered me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Both of my brothers were in fraternities at Auburn and they made some of their very best friends through Greek life. It also provides a great opportunity to connect with alumni, who can be of great help after graduation.
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?
- In my opinion, you get out of a fraternity what you put in. I certainly believe that the investment can be well worth it if members are willing to commit themselves fully to their chapter. As corny as it sounds, it is hard to put a price on a lot of the experiences I had through Greek life, which is why I would never let the price of joining a fraternity hold me back from joining.
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 am a firm believer that without joining a fraternity, I would not have been nearly as successful academically. Not only did joining a fraternity give me 100 other guys to study with, it also provided motivation for me to strive for success. My advice would be to put academics first and use the social aspects of fraternity life as a reward for performing well academically.
What do you think/what are the benefits to joining a fraternity?
- Fraternities provide fantastic life lessons that are still helping me today as I am finishing up my MBA and entering the work force. Our pledgeship program taught me structure and the importance of organization and time management. Serving as an officer allowed me the opportunity to lead a diverse group of individuals and to make difficult decisions that might not necessarily be the most popular. These tools will be invaluable in my future career and I would not have learned them without joining a fraternity at Auburn.
What did you enjoy the most about your fraternity?
- I will go with the cliché answer that the friendships that I made were and still are my favorite part of fraternity life. I still talk to several of my pledge brothers on a weekly basis and there are over 100 guys that I know I can contact if I ever need anything.
What is the biggest lesson (or two) that being in fraternity has taught you?
- One of the biggest lessons I learned from fraternity life was to sit back and enjoy life every once in a while. I have always been a workaholic, but being in a fraternity taught me the importance of having a good social-work balance. It also taught me the significance of being a part of something bigger than myself. I knew that all of my actions were representative of the fraternity and that motivated to do my best in all of my endeavors.
If you could go back would you do it again?
- I would absolutely do it all over again. The lessons I learned from fraternity life were irreplaceable and things I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I only hope that I can one day re-pay the chapter for all of the incredible opportunities it provided me.