The challenge of fraternity

Think about this:

You are a brother or sister of an organization. You can trace your roots back generations as an organization (or maybe you are the first) and you have all come together in this group to build one another up. You do community service, look out for one another, and yes even party together at times. You eat meals together and watch shows and all of that exciting stuff.

Yet how often do you know the personal struggles? How many of you know of a brother (or sister) who is struggling with grades and really just needs an extra shoulder to lean on to help them figure it out? How many of you have taken the time to be there for brothers or sisters who are struggling with the death of a family member or even a relationship issue (and not talk about it behind their back). How many of you have sat by a brother or sister going through a breakdown?

I ask all of this for two reasons. I have been on each side of this. I have been the brother that needed it and never saw it. I was also the brother that sat in the corner in tears and had his brothers there to support him (and they did it without the real men don’t cry jokes or anything). I’ve been the brother to sit there and help my brothers through it all while at the same time I’ve been the brother to make the mistake of not being there.

But if we claim to offer brotherhood or sisterhood, how can we truly justify that if those of us who share an oath and letters don’t feel we can trust one another. How can we agree to be more than just another student org or friend group if we don’t actually do that.

Let’s be more than friends. Let’s be brothers and sisters.


About rigsurfer

A Brother of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc., Joined in Fall 2010. Completed a B.A. in English at North Carolina State University in 2013 and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University in 2015. Passionate about Leadership and Diversity as well as Ducks, Scooby Doo, and reading.
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2 Responses to The challenge of fraternity

  1. lei0623 says:

    I LOVE this post!

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