Rob Picture Robert Schaffeld


Phi Gamma Delta

Position/Involvement: War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen



Vestavia Hills, AL 

High School:

Vestavia Hills High School 




Civil Engineering 





Why did you join a fraternity?        

  • I was really just looking for a solid community of guys to become a part of. After watching several close friends join a fraternity, I decided that it was a great opportunity to become a part of something bigger than myself. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.

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 certainly do not think you can put a price on the things that a fraternity teaches you and provides you, but it does become a substantial investment. That being said, it was definitely worth paying the dues.

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?

  • Realizing that the reason you are at Auburn is for academics is the best way to maintain good grades. Once your priorities are in order, you are able to then enjoy the non-academic opportunities a fraternity has to offer. All fraternities, to my knowledge, encourage excellence in the classroom, and have consequences for good and bad grades.

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

  • A community of like-minded brothers is the most important benefit. The guys that you encounter and build relationships with will be lifelong friends. The ability to get to know alumni who you can learn from is extremely beneficial as well. Also, it’s just a ton of fun to hang out with all of your best friends all the time.

What do you enjoy the most about your fraternity?

  • Continuing to build relationships and the ways in which I am able to do so is the most enjoyable part to me. I love to be with people, and the ability to have 200 of my best friends all in one place is incredible.

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

  • The importance of commitment to excellence in anything I am involved in is something that being in a fraternity has taught me time and time again. If you are not striving for excellence, then you are moving backwards. Whether that is excellence in friendships, academics, or any extracurricular activities, being in a fraternity taught me the significance of such excellence. Taking that mindset into the rest of campus and to the rest of the world will keep you ahead of the game.

If you could go back would you do it again?

  • Absolutely. With no hesitation.