Posts tagged phi psi
Posts tagged phi psi
There’s been a million and one reasons to why I stopped writing here. Going weeks without even logging on. THe main reason is I finally discovered the wonders of Real Life. Yea, right before I turned 20; I discover the infinite possibilities you can do by going outside, talking to people, and putting in a little hard work.
First off, the thing that has changed my life in the past two years.
I kicked off in January like a Boss, maybe biting off more than I could chew. Maybe it was my naiveness or stupidity but I ran for more elected positions than I could even count. I ended up with two and ran with them. Then I applied for a couple of appointed positions. I ended up with:
-Chaplin: for this position was in charge of speaking during each meeting and giving speeches to motivate my fellow Brothers. Also, I planned a retreat so pledges and Brothers could get to know each other. On top of that, I was required to teach about our Ritual to Brothers and make sure our Ritual was always kept in mind.
-Grievance: To coincide with my Chaplin duties, this position I took up required of me to make sure problems between Brothers or any complaints were brought to light and resolved either outside of our chapter meeting or inside of them. More hectic than I expected.
-Community Service: Probably one of the biggest positions I took up within my Fraternity. I planned and was able to successfully execute over 700 hours of community service with only 21 Active brothers helping out. I’ve never been prouder than them.
-Membership/recruitment: Ushering in the Delta Pledge Class was more difficult than bring in the Gamma Pledge Class from the Fall. Never again am I doing this position ever again. For membership I had to plan brotherhood events. That part was not that difficult.
-Siting member on Governing: Sitting on the highest committee of my fraternity. Weekly meetings discussing the most controvertible topics within our chapter to bring about real progress. Tough but maybe one of the most interesting experiences. -Historian: Took pictures and started our first written history. About time someone did it. Some side accomplishments that happened within my Fraternity were:
Got my article about one of our Community Service events published and features on my Fraternity’s national website!!!! national website.
I was given the President’s award by my Chapter’s President for everything I did this semester. It was nice to be recognized for my hard work. I also got the Over-Achiever gag award by two lovely Sigma Kappa ladies (one of which is our Sweetheart). Completely random and unexpected :p
As for the my personal philanthropy, The American Red Cross, Two major things happened. I ran and planned our first ever major fundraising event benefiting the International Disaster Relief Fund. From this event we raised over $1,300 which was a over the $500 I was expecting to make :)
The Major accomplishment was I was elected and transitioned as the new President for the American Red Cross Club making the next year an interesting trial-and-error journey.
As for school, because in the midsts of all the caos and madness I managed to go to some classes I was able to pull off a disappointing yet retrospectively high GPA. I avoided academic probation and I live to see another semester.
While this madness was going on, something dawned on me. I was in the wrong major, which is a story for another day. Now, I’m a communication studies major with an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communication. In simple terms, I’m getting a degree in making friends and networking. Never thought I could love a major so much.
That was my Spring semester and I would have changed it for better grades or more sleep because this is college life. If you sleep during your college life, you’re just wasting your time.
Hahaha the conversations I have with my Big Bro.
I really like this picture. I don’t really know why. Maybe my girlfriend’s right, I really like that we are both greek. this is my membership card (top) and my girlfriend’s membership card (bottom).
Making a new set of Letters is an awesome experience. Getting compliments because of them makes it even better. Live Ever, Die Never!!!
Wearing my brand new Phi Kappa Psi neck tie and my “temporary” badge, the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation - Letterman and Moore Society pin for the formal pledge pinning ceremony for the Delta Class of my Chapter on my Fraternity’s 160th year since it was founded. At the same time, I am celebrating my one year anniversary with my girlfriend and my Big Bro’s 22nd birthday. Four special events on one day. Kinda magical day I had :) Oh, I also volunteered at the Veteran’s Hospital with the American Red Cross Club I am a part of on campus. Played bingo for 3 hours :) A great day indeed!!!
Live Ever, Die Never!!!
California Xi ‘10
Formal rush week just ended. I have put in countless hours into planning and executing these 5 events that I have been running on 3-4 hours of sleep every night. Even though this is the second semester I have been rush chair and knowing how stressful it is I would still do it again. There’s something rewarding about sharing my fraternity with others and turning a stranger into my brother. I wish there was a way to make this my job :)
Live Ever, Die Never!
On my list of “Greatest Accomplishments” this one ranks pretty high up. In between being fluent in two languages and getting a higher education at a reputable institution.
Running the marathon was mostly an emotional battle. Self defeating thoughts running anxious in my mind. Thoughts of stopping and giving up were strong though out the race. The only thing that kept me going was the disappointment I would have if I gave up on myself. Probably the most fulfilling thing I have done in a while. I’m very proud :)
Any one going to Long Beach State in the fall that fulfills all these requirements? You should apply! :)
Not in any particular order, these are my goals for the next three months. All achievable and all challenging. This summer is going to be fun :)
• Train for the Long Beach Marathon
• Obtain my license
• Get a car
• Take a math class at my local C.C.
• Successfully start the Phi Kappa Psi’s Paul Winemen Scholarship Program
• Register for decent classes for the Fall at Long Beach State
• Recover the sleep I lost during the past Fall and Spring semesters :)