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