When I first came to UMD as a freshman I was pretty alone. No one from my high school came to join me and I had a random roommate, but I was in love with the school and Lake Superior. That first year I met countless interesting and fun people but still felt slightly alone. Joining Tau Kappa Epsilon fall semester of my sophomore year gave me a sense of belonging. Since then I’ve met and connected with many more great people here at UMD though greek life while also making memories I’ll always cherish. Whether it's creating new friendships through socials, getting study help, going on trips, meeting helpful alumni, or raising thousands of dollars for charities around the country, I’m always surrounded by caring people. The leadership opportunities I’ve taken on through Greek Life have made me a better man, encouraging me to work for the people and organizations I’m passionate about. I’ll always cherish my time with Greek Life and encourage people to join if they’re looking for a great college experience.
Coming into college, I never thought about Greek life. Boy was I wrong. My first few weeks into college didn’t go as I had hoped. I wasn’t making as many friends right away and I was lonely. Walking through Kirby tabling area, I saw all the tables of the sororities and fraternities. I decided to go and talk to them. They all seemed very nice and I decided to go through formal recruitment. I am so thankful to have found my place at college and my own group of people I call my family. Without Greek life I have no idea where I would be now. Not a day goes by that I second guess my decision to go Greek. I feel this is the best opportunity to make the most of your college experience because there are so many options. You are introduced to so many people where you can form bonds and relationships with. You get so many opportunities to helps those and the community around you. And the chance to find who I am as a person. Every experience I have had in Greek Life has helped me to grow as a person and to become a better leader.