Take a Deep Breath

Each May as we celebrate another year of Chi Psi Brotherhood, we are reminded to look back to the founders and their vision of Chi Psi to carry us forward. In that spirit of looking back to those who have come before us, for this year’s Founders’ Day blog series, we asked each Central Office staff member to give some older and wiser pieces of advice to his freshman self.

Next up, we’ll hear from Alpha Services Coordinator Alex Howell, Iota Delta ’14.


Take a deep breath. Slow down and take a deep breath.

That’s what I would tell myself as a new member. It’s still overwhelming today, that first semester in college, to try and recollect all the events, friendships, trials, and tribulations that occurred. I must have been living in a blur. It was so easy to get caught up in everything that was going on. Everything that was new. new city, new friends, new me. What I failed to do was realize the gravity of the new responsibilities I had. Learn about Chi Psi, its values, go to class (I’d tell new member me to do this a lot more), study, and just learn. The funny triangle where, “you can only choose two” was often circulated.


And while we all say, “Sleep is stupid, I’ll take social life and grades please”, the reality is that there are so many things that are vying for your time and attention at college. The vast majority of them are good things (I’m not listing all the activities there on at college, just google college) so it’s easy to justify why to allocate time to them.

So, take a deep breath and remember why you’re here. Find something that you’re really passionate about (like this fraternity you just joined) and a couple other things, and do those things really well.

And you need to go class, I don’t care if it’s raining, you big baby.


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