Interesting. That’s the word I use when people ask me about my experience being a founding father of a Pi Kappa Phi’s Florida Atlantic University (FAU) associate chapter. I say that because it’s not what they expect to hear. To be honest I don’t really like being asked that question. Why? Well because the experience isn’t over yet. It’s like your uncle telling you what’s in his famous buffalo sauce before you’ve even had a chance to taste it or like catching the tail end of a conversation about the latest Game of Thrones episode that you were just on your way home to watch. Maybe I’m just saving it because to speak about the founding father experience right now doesn’t seem to do it justice. I’m not done yet. My journey within Pi Kappa Phi has just started.
For me, I’m looking forward to tomorrow and “Finding Mañana.” As human beings, we have a habit of making a tradition out of the past. But as a founding father, it’s my responsibility to perfect the tradition of Pi Kappa Phi for the future. I want to perfect the tradition of fraternity on this campus and throughout the U.S. I want to instill this great tradition in the hearts and minds of others so they’ll want to join us. As members of Pi Kappa Phi we are all part of this great organization. We have the chance to make it better and to be the Bridge Builder for Pi Kapps to come.
As collegians we are part of an increasingly important moment in our university’s history. Every student on campus is trying to find where they will leave their mark and considering how they will be remembered. They want to transform their campus into their home, their community. Only a few days ago at the Standards of Excellence banquet the FAU President spoke before the Greek community asking for our help in changing the campus culture. As he spoke I found myself asking, “What is my role within the future of the Greek community? What is Pi Kapp’s role? What are we going to do to make sure the chapter is a part of that tomorrow?
Florida Atlantic University, Associate Chapter