Recently, I have become a Brother of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
In the process of becoming a brother, I've had a lot of time to meditate and think back on my past and see how far I've come. I can truly say that since pledging I have become a much better person. Here is some examples of how.
Before I pledged, I was on a downhill spiral. I was going out every night, not coming back till 3 am and skipping classes that day because I just couldn't get up. As a result of this, I started failing certain classes and getting mediocre grades. Thank god I wasn't put on academic warning. I could see that I was developing a problem but I didn't know how to fix it.
Rush week of spring 2018 came around and I hadn't planned on rushing any of the fraternities. I didn't think it would be my type of crowd and honestly I believed all the stereotypes about Greek life to be real. Then on the monday night of Rush Week I got a message on instagram from one of the Delta Sigma Phi brothers, he was inviting me to their event they had going on the next day. I didn't have plans and there would be free food so I told him I'd come out.
I honestly had no idea what to expect. I had heard nothing about the organization and I was kind of scared of secretive nature of Greek Life. So the next day comes around and I head down to the fraternity house. Right when I walk into the room I am greeted with a incredibly warm welcome by the brothers. They each took the time to get to know me and talk to me. I had a amazing time and went to every other event that week.
After the week ended, I was given a opportunity to pledge and I took it. I was now a new member. So I went through the process involved with that. It was a lot of hard work but along the way I learned things about myself I had never learned before. I started holding myself accountable more than I had ever before. I had a family behind me to back me up whenever I needed it. They also helped me get out of the habit of going out every night and partying. They taught me that school comes first.
When I look back now, I see that if I had continued doing what I had done the first semester not only would I have probably been kicked out of college but I also might've ended up in a very dark place that there was no coming back from. So everyday I wake up I thank god for my brothers and for the opportunity to be a Delta Sigma Phi brother.