I’ve been a part of the Delta Chi fraternity since I pledged my fall semester freshman year and it is by far my most important student organization. Aside from the usual positive aspects of Greek life that are usually discussed, the friendship, the fun activities and the like, my favorite part of my involvement with the fraternity has been the opportunity for leadership.
I knew while I was pledging that I wanted to get involved with leadership once I was an initiated member and I have definitely followed through with that goal. After I finished pledging, I was our philanthropy chair for two semesters where I got to work with the sororities to participate in charity events and as a sort of capstone, I planned our annual philanthropy event, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for sororities where we raised money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. That was my first experience with large scale event planning and it was an extremely valuable experience.
I took that event planning experience and then became our social chair, a position which I’ve had for two semesters now. The highlight of that was definitely planning our Vegas formal last spring, which I wrote about last semester here. I really believe that I wouldn’t have gotten any of this event planning and organization experience if I hadn’t joined Greek life and it has been a real foundation of my college experience.
Aside from just event planning, I have been on our executive board as the social chair for two semesters now where I am intimately involved with the leadership of our fraternity. As the executive board, we direct the fraternity and make nearly all the decisions and it has been an unbelievable experience to take on that heavy of a leadership role as an undergraduate. To me, that ‘s the most valuable part of Greek life, the ability to be a leader for almost all of your college years and I don’t think I could have had the same experience in any other student organization.