Dear Lambda Xi Chapter,
Two and a half years ago I was wandering aimlessly through the campus life night parking lot in the blistering heat of late August. Accompanied by a few friends, who like myself, were at the event to score some free food, we were navigating through the crowds of people near each table, primarily looking for pizza. Then suddenly, a few brothers made eye contact with me and then asked if I was a business major, and gave me a flyer after our conversation. I was not looking to join a student organization, let alone did not even know what a professional fraternity was, so if you told me at that moment I would become president of the chapter one day, I would have told you that you were delusional. This was amplified by my following acts during recruitment, which included wearing gym shoes and wrinkled button-up to a professional event, and showing up to my interview at 9am instead of pm. However, what I soon found out was this was an organization that fostered growth, and a year and half later, I found myself running for president. The transformation was not done all by my own doing, rather by looking up to people who were older than me, receiving advice from brothers on a wide range of professional topics, attending tremendous, chapter sponsored, professional events, and simply being a part of an organization that cares immensely about each member. In just a year long span of being a brother, I felt it as my duty to serve the chapter, and give back to brothers who have given so much to me.
Fast forward to now, as my time approaches an end, I could not be more thankful for the experience you all have given me. To think that in just one year, I was able to represent us at our National Fraternities 52nd Grand Chapter Congress in Atlanta, attend Presidents Academy in St. Louis, being our seated delegate for our provincial meeting in Iowa City, and being elected our chapter collegian of the year, all seems fanatical. Thank you for putting your faith in me to hold the standard of Lambda Xi in highest regard at all these events. It was an incredible year, and while I am discouraged it was cut short, it is hard to be anything but grateful for the personal growth that took place, and for every moment that happened.