It is amazing how fast time can fly. I still remember my first day moving in at the University of Florida, and my first encounter with Delta Epsilon Psi, like it was yesterday. Before I knew it, I came out as the anchor of the Eternal Eta Class in Fall 2012. This was nearly 1.5 years ago, and I am still able to look back at it all and just reminisce on how recent it all feels. When I came to the University of Florida, I wasn't sure if I was even going to become Greek, and looking back on it now, I wouldn't give it up for anything.
From the minute I crossed, I wanted to leave behind my legacy and always be remembered by this prestigious fraternity. Not just in one area, in all areas. Of course, something like that is never simply given, it has to be earned. Right after I came out at my New Member Presentation, I became Treasurer of the Rho Colony for the following semester. As a neophyte, it certainly took some time to get into everything, on a social aspect, networking aspect, and internal aspect. I did what I could to be involved with the fraternity in anyway, stepping up wherever needed. It was through this involvement that I was able to earn the Treasurer position once again for the upcoming Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Executive Board. All these opportunities I was presented were something new, and as the fraternity grew in its presence on campus, I grew as a person. In all areas, I can say that I have learned a lot from this fraternity, and that is not even the beginning as to why I would never change my decision to join Delta Epsilon Psi.
After Fall 2013 and seeing our newest line cross, I knew just what I wanted to do to give back to the fraternity that had given so much to me. I wanted to be on the Recruitment Team (RT) for a line when the opportunity would present itself. At the beginning of Spring 2014, I wasn't even sure if this was going to be the semester I would do it. With some of my more difficult classes, I wasn't sure if I would have time and ensure that this newest line that I would call "my line" would be up to my high standards, let alone Delta Epsilon Psi's standards. After much thought, I finally decided to follow through with it. Unsure of when the opportunity would present itself again, I wanted to have no regrets.
Today, I am glad to say that I do not, and I am proud to say that I am the Pledge Captain of the 4Ever Fearless Iota Class of the Rho Colony of Delta Epsilon Psi. These 4 men some of the hardest working men I have ever had the privilege of knowing , and I cannot wait to see what they can do for this Colony. Through the effort of my linebrother (Their Pledge Master, Maulin Patel) and I, I can confidently say that these men have earned the right to sit among the kings. They have taken our teachings and are shining examples our three pillars of Brotherhood, Discipline, and Commitment. The feeling of pride that I had during their New Member Presentation was unmatched, and if anyone knows me, that is not something I say often. It's weird to look back and see how far I've come in my life in my time at college, and I can only hope that the coming years here are just as great.
Being Pledge Captain was a great learning experience, as I thought it would be. It's a rewarding experience to be able to say that I contributed to my fraternity in one of the biggest ways possible. Ensuring that each of these guys had the right qualities to cross into this brotherhood is definitely a time consuming process, but the feeling of having left my legacy, and my mark on the fraternity more than makes up for that. I could go on and on about being PC but there are some things that you just cannot put into words.
It's weird to look back and see how far I've come in my life in my time at college, and I can only hope that the coming years here are just as great. Like I said, I wanted to leave my legacy and be remembered by this fraternity. While some would may say that I have done enough, I am still nowhere near satisfied and still have not met all of my personal goals and aspirations. Time will tell just how successful I will be in those endeavors.