The Future of America
I became fascinated with Fraternities when my first born son went to college in Potsdam NY and joined Delta Upsilon at Clarkson University.
I see it as a cushion between leaving home and joining the workforce. A moment in time where we can discover who we are, have all the freedom in the world once our grades are on target!
I got a call from my son soon after he joined, " Dad, you have to come and see this !".
Some time later, I arrived with my camera and lights.
I was not disappointed. Raised in Europe, my only reference to Fraternities was the 70's cult film "˜Animal House' starring John Belushi. Delta Upsilon, did it proud !
The whole notion of belonging to a club is very American, and Fraternities are just the beginning. They seem to bring together like minded people, to some extent you can say they are unifying yet at a broader the level they are divisive. Having said that, they are a healthy and safe environment for boys to explore their new reality of being away from home for the first time.
I found the camaraderie quite profound. Having spent some time with these boys, I wished I had gone to a Frat in my adolescence.
One of life's most memorable experiences that will stay with them for life.
The old adage, "˜From chaos to Order' really sits well.I plan to follow these boys later on in life, once they have settled in their life.