Getting Pinned!

Here’s a short video about pledge pins!

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Starting to get over it?

Here is a video I made for you guys!

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The cliques

If there’s one thing that you should try to avoid while pledging, it’s becoming apart of a clique. All of your brothers should be just as close with everyone else. You should not limit you’re friends to a small group of kids in your pledge class. Maybe this doesn’t happen that much but it seems to be happening a little in mine. I try to get as close with every brother that I can but sometimes they are just in their own little cliques and don’t want to worry about anyone else at the moment.

You might find that your phone will get calls from one half of the pledge class and hardly any calls or texts from the other half. You should try to make sure that you can bond with all of your brothers because no matter what they are going to be your brothers for the rest of your college experience and beyond.

A few ways to possibly avoid cliques are to get some brother events in. Everyone meets up and goes…bowling, go-cart racing, mini golf, camping, ect..anything will work. It really does not matter what the event is as long as it is something where you guys ALL bond. Don’t just stay in your respective clique during these events too or you will just get farther apart from the brothers you still are not talking to as much.

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Formal time!

This is probably the most anticipated social event that you have during your time in a fraternity. I am lucky enough to have been able to experience my formal even as a pledge. Most people that attend will bring one date, someone they like or want to spend a weekend with, or they will ask multiple people just to make it a party!
This year and every year, the fraternity I’m pledging takes a weekend trip to Las Vegas and this year we stayed as Caesar’s Palace for two nights. Although I am not 21 yet I was still able to enjoy myself in Vegas and had a great time. I can only imagine what it would be like to be 21 and go to Vegas. Guess I will find out next April :). Depending on how many members decide to go on the trip you will probably go on a charter bus for the ride, this year we did not have enough people going so we had to find our own rides. It would probably be a better experience taking a bus with all of your closest friends but getting there was enough for me.
If you wish to attend you will probably need to be fully paid or close to full on your dues. Some fraternities will cost more than others either because of how many member you have paying dues and how many socials and activities your fraternity participates in. Most fraternities will offer a payment plan or are willing to be lenient for people who are under financial aid. If you can pay these dues without help, do it as fast as you can because you don’t want to procrastinate and end up not paying. Then while all of your friends are having a good time you are stuck at school for the weekend missing out on countless memories.

Oh and yes it’s true, EVERYTHING is more expensive in Vegas so save up some money!

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Oh wow, I really am in a rush.

I would like to start by apologizing for such a delay on my blog, I will continue to post weekly from here on out.

When I made the title for this blog I never realized how much I would actually say these words. “Im in a rush” has become one of the most common phrases in my vocabulary. I will wake up early in the morning, maybe around 6:20, bolt to the house to be there by 7:00 to take a test based on the history of my houses chapter.  If you’re late, you can’t take the test and you need to redo it the next day.

Since I’m not an early bird I will always nap afterwards. Half the time I wake up too late and find myself running to class or running to the bus or I will be late. Half the days during the week I have night classes that tend to interfere with a few of the events that will go on. Some of these events are mandatory and I will have to rush from class back to the house, Rushing back to the house so my pledge brothers don’t get in trouble for my absence has been big this semester, and it really isn’t my fault, it’s my schedule.

All in all I think it’s fair to say that pledging has the potential to suck the life out of you for that one semester. In the end it will be worth it, you will finally be called a brother and finally get the respect that you have taken an entire semester to earn from every active brother that has already made it through pledging. Trust me you will probably find yourself wanting to quit and asking yourself if it is really worth it, depending on who you are it may or may not be but if you are starting to ask yourself that then you have probably come very far and why stop now. Make it through, there’s is almost NEVER anyone who says “Wow I really wish I stopped pledging last semester, this really isn’t worth it.”

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Trying to skate on by

I’d like to start by saying that my next post will not be for a couple weeks because I will be on spring break so I hope you can take something from this post.

After pledging for about a month now I’ve gotten to know all of my pledge brothers very well, and I can’t say that there is anyone that I do not like; However, you will find that there are the people that take everything seriously and will never slack off, and there are the people who are going to try to skate by and do as little work as possible and go to as little events and meetings as possible.

It doesn’t mean that they are bad people and that you shouldn’t like them, but as a pledge class it’s up to you to make sure that you find these people and don’t let them slack off. A pledge class is only as strong as its weakest link and when one person messes up, everyone messes up.

 

Normally I feel that I can rely on any of my pledge brothers for anything that they commit to help me with. Over the last couple weeks I’ve found that this is not the case because people “totally forgot” that they were gonna cover for you or help you out. These people are still my friends and are still good people, but I instantly lose respect for them when stuff like this happens.

People going out of town for weekends, showing up late to events when they KNOW they need to be on time. The people that try to skate past the semester are the people that will put in hardly any work and it will show. You will be able to find these people not to long into your pledge semester and soon you’ll find these people sitting in the back row of meetings, not participating at events…just hanging back, Skating by.

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Stay classy part two

Heres a little video slide show that I put together with the pictures from the last blog regarding advice and requirements to look good for an important meeting, dinner, date, ect. Dressing to impress is very important and can say a lot about yourself.

 

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