There’s many reasons why I’ve joined Pi Delta Psi; but primarily what struck me the most from the fraternity is the brotherhood and bonds made from the brothers. It was more than just a claim, you can feel the spirit resonate through each and every brother; something which I cherish to this day as a member. Despite any cultural differences, I was welcomed with open arms and it made my transition at my university smooth and enjoyable. Beyond that, I have always been involved with my university’s Philippine-American League (PAL) since my freshman year, an organization that’s near and dear to me as a Filipino-American. It was an added bonus that my chapter has been deeply invested with PAL; with brothers holding numerous executive board positions over the years. Not only did I enjoy my time with the fraternity outside of campus, but the presence and leadership displayed on campus is what set our Fraternity apart from other organizations.
What positions have you held on campus?
President of the Fraternity, Alpha Chapter – I’m truly honored and humbled that I was voted into the position by my brothers. I can say, wholeheartedly, I am proud of everything that we have accomplished together. As the President, I’m in the perfect position to lead the fraternity towards continued success and raise the standard for achievement and excellence on my campus. In my opinion the best style of leadership is to lead by example, and that’s what I intend to do through every aspect of my life.
Executive Board of PAL – the Philippine-American League was one of the first clubs/orgs I have joined since my Freshman year. In order to show my gratitude and appreciation, I wanted to be behind the scenes and plan the events that the general body always appreciates. In addition, in the process, I want to learn a little more about my own culture and heritage.
Mentor/Program Assistant of ELP – I came through the Emerging Leaders Program as a mentee my Freshman fall semester. While in the program, I’ve worked with an off-campus organization to raise awareness for Domestic Violence, which was an eye-opening experience. The following year I was selected to lead a group of mentees and guide them towards their own community service venture. This upcoming year, I’ve been selected to take it to the next step, and help facilitate the goals of the future mentors, and mentees. The goal is to keep advancing, and promoting with every endeavor.
While I have held other minor leadership positions, these three positions have truly shaped and influenced my collegiate experience.
A notable feat that people tend to ask about, is my life in the chess world. I am a National Master of the United States Chess Federation, and have been since I was 15 years old – having made me one of the youngest masters of African-American descent. Probably one of the bigger achievements of my lifetime- and has paved the way for many opportunities for me in life; whether it be networking, travelling, or just the advancement of my critical thinking abilities. Other than chess, I enjoy music, specifically the performing arts. I dabble in a little spoken word, rap, and dance the night away if the feeling is right. As a dancer, not professionally trained, I have been the Stroll Master for the Alpha chapter since I crossed, and since then have lead the brothers towards some crowd-pleasing strolls. One of my favorite moments as an active brother, would be in May of 2016; we represented Pi Delta Psi, in a competition held by the Black Student Union at Binghamton University. With a lot of preparation, and tenacity, we clinched first place among other fraternities. It was a big feat, and a proud moment for our chapter; being the only organization of the Asian Greek Council, and the only organization with roots of Asian-Interests for that matter at Binghamton University. We paved the way and left our mark. Couldn’t have done it without my brothers and I am, and will always be, proud of everyone.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Although things are always subject to change and I have to remain flexible with whatever life throws at me – hopefully, if everything is going the way I plan; I’ll be towards the middle point of my medical school journey. Studying hard, but motivated to complete. I would also love to have a few more countries checked off of my “places to go” bucket list, and most importantly I would be living life happy and without regret.