#myFraternity: Ben LeSage

 Ben is an active member of UBC Fraternities.

Ben is an active member of UBC Fraternities.

Ben LeSage

While the public perception of fraternities shaped by the media primarily focuses on negative incidents, we know the positive value men gain from their fraternity experience is an often untold story. The myFraternity Campaign is an opportunity to raise the volume on and amplify the hundreds of thousands of positive stories of fraternity. This month, members of UBC Fraternities share personal stories about how their fraternity has provided support, engaged in them in service, helped them in their personal development, or enriched their lives in other ways.

Where are you from?

Calgary, Alberta 

What year and field of study are you in?

I’m in the 5th and final year of the Mechatronics Engineering program, and have also completed a Minor in Commerce.

Why did you decide to Go Greek?

Once I realized the impressive academic and professional accomplishments by both actives and alumni of the Greek system, I saw it as an exciting opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded, ambitious individuals. 

How has Greek Life at UBC and your fraternity impacted you?

The access to individuals has proven to be true, and I’ve built myself a network of close friends who span almost every faculty on campus, possess desired careers across various industries, and hail from all corners of the world. Being in this environment has certainly helped raise the bar for my future aspirations, while at the same time making them seem more achievable.

Any advice for potential new members during the rush process?
I’d encourage everyone to enter the process open minded and look for a place that will support them through their time in University and onwards. After all the social events in the first couple weeks, it’s a good opportunity to get to know guys on a more personal level and see where your interests are the most aligned.

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#myFraternity: Elliot & Nathan

Elliot (right) and Nathan are fourth year members of UBC Fraternities.

Elliot Tsai-Goodman & Nathan Tong

While the public perception of fraternities shaped by the media primarily focuses on negative incidents, we know the positive value men gain from their fraternity experience is an often untold story. The myFraternity Campaign is an opportunity to raise the volume on and amplify the hundreds of thousands of positive stories of fraternity. This month, members of UBC Fraternities share personal stories about how their fraternity has provided support, engaged in them in service, helped them in their personal development, or enriched their lives in other ways.

Where are you from?

E: Bristol, England

N: Toronto, Ontario

What year and field of study are you in?

E: 4th year, Psychology

N: 4th year, Finance

Why did you decide to Go Greek?

E: I was largely influenced to join Greek Life at UBC by my older brother, who was also an active member of UBC Fraternities at the time.

N: Although I was also influenced by my brother being a Greek at a university in the United States, I joined UBC Fraternities to make connections in this tight-knit community. 

How has Greek Life at UBC and your fraternity impacted you?

E: I have found that Greek Life really helped me find my feet at university. Coming from England, I had to adjust to a brand new culture, and I knew no one apart from my brother initially. I had no idea about UBC Fraternities, and I was very apprehensive at first. That all changed when my brother introduced me to the members of of his fraternity. They were so friendly and welcoming, and I felt a lot more confident about myself straight away. My anxieties about making friends left me, and most of those guys that I met four years ago are still my closest friends today. I was worried about being lonely being at such a large university, but knowing that I had around 60 people who are always willing to talk, study, or just chill with me really helped me adjust to university life here.

N: My fraternity has been my family for the last 3 years of my life. Coming out of high school, I did not know that many people at UBC as I moved across the country for university. Joining UBC Fraternities allowed me to experience independence in a new city with a diverse group of people from all over the world. These vastly different perspectives and people have had a palpable influence in my life by supporting me and giving me the confidence to pursue different avenues for success. 

Any advice for potential new members during the rush process?

N: Don't get distracted by flashing lights or parties. Check out each House and really try to meet the guys.

E: Check out all the Houses - even if you do not end up rushing one in particular, you can still meet some really great people.

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To learn more about UBC Fraternities, check out Second Rush on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 from 6-10PM in the Fraternity Village.