It’s that time of the year for the holiday scramble. We all know the dreaded feeling of trying to keep our sanity as we push through finals so we can enjoy the holiday festivities with our loved ones. I’m talking everything from snowball fights and wrestling in the snow with friends to not leaving your pj’s all day to watch 24 hours of “A Christmas Story.” And with all this already on our plates we also make the transition into or out of our respective positions for our Alpha.
Incoming chairmen are stepping up to the plate taking on the learning curve fast so they can best serve their Alpha and outgoing chairmen are mentoring the new position holders by giving them all the resources to be successful. But just because we are leaving our position doesn’t mean that we can’t keep giving to our Alpha. Probably my fondest year as an undergraduate Brother was when I stepped out of an Executive Council role. I found that my time dedicated to Chi Psi was suddenly free to do whatever I wanted! I sat on more committees than I ever had before and was involved in the majority of events that we took part in ranging from philanthropy to Brotherhood. It’s like becoming a utility player for a baseball team, you can play any position. Put me in the game, Coach!
As an upperclassman it is so easy to tunnel vision on graduating and all that goes along with it like finishing strong in the classroom, and of course finding a job. Making that monumental transition can add a lot of stress to a persons life, and you sometimes feel there is not enough time in the day to dedicate to anything else. But surprisingly enough, being so involved took me away from that stress and gave me some of my fondest memories as an undergrad with my Brothers. Just like anything in life what you put in is what you get out. And I have come to learn that time moves way too fast so we have to make the most of what we’ve got. At the end of the day, the only things that we regret are the things that we never did when we had the chance.
So I urge everyone to make the most of your time whether you’re just stepping in or getting ready to get out, as college is a beautiful time in our lives. And most importantly enjoy the good company you keep around yourself as a Brother of Chi Psi.
Hope everyone enjoys the holidays with their family, friends, Brothers, and loved ones.