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Living in a Different Life

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Jon D

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Living in a Different Life

Exploring Another Life
This is my story of rushing two different fraternities in one year. It all began my freshman year.....
Pi Kappa Alpha
During my freshman year, my friends and I decided to go Greek, The first ever fraternity we went to was Pikes. We fell in love instantly. Eventually my friends and I got our bids to the fraternity and began to pledge. As the semester went by, we all became close with every one in the house. Towards the end of our pledging, one of my closest friend past away in the house. Pikes was shut down and a lot of the active members ,who were involved, got into a lot of trouble. As for the pledges, we never were initiated into the fraternity, so technically my pledge class could rush a different fraternity.
After Affects
The mourning process was difficult. It was hard to grasp that one my best friends had past away. It took a while for me to get over my friends death. The thing that helped me was all my Pike brothers. Every single one of them were there for me and all my pledge brothers. It was a difficult process, but we all learned how to deal with it. As my freshman year was ending, I realized that I wasn't going to be in a fraternity next semester. I really wanted to join one, but I was uncomfortable going to different houses and rushing again. ...
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
As my sophomore year began, I had the difficult choice to make, if I should join a fraternity or not. I was hesitant to join another one because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to relate with the guys in the house and not get a bid. There was a reason I rushed Pikes. I was able to relate with every single guy in the house. When I first began rushing, I was nervous. I felt like a freshman again. I went to all the fraternities and tried to relate with the guys in the house. I just couldn't see my self in a different house. The one house that I went to a lot was SAE. At first when I went there, I thought all the guys in the house were full of themselves. I always thought of the guys as "Jersey Shore" losers. I honestly didn't like them. As I kept going there, I soon got to know some of the guys and began liking the house more and more. It's still difficult going there some times cause there are some guys I haven't talked to or met, but the guys that I do know are really cool and I can see my self as an SAE because of them.
I' took a lot out of this experience. I would have never thought I was going to join another fraternity, especially SAE. I've learned to open up and be myself where ever. I also have learned to give others a chance before shutting them down. I know it's so cliche, but it's so true. Don't judge a book by its cover. Over the past month, I've gotten pretty close with some of the guys in SAE and hopefully in the future SAE will be my new Pikes....
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