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Jihaad Sprowal-Nash, Special to the Quad

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Coming to West Chester in 2014, I didn’t know anything about Greek life. I literally thought it was just a group of individuals from different organizations that stepped and partied together. Most of that mindset came from watching the movie “Stomp the Yard,” starring singer Chris Brown.

Also, whenever I went to a party on campus, I would see everyone strolling with people surrounding them. That made me not want to have anything to do with Greek life, because people don’t even dance anymore at parties, everyone just watches Greeks stroll. However, even after I thought I would never be in a fraternity, God had other plans.

On November 6, 2016, I had the opportunity to be initiated into one of the best organizations, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. It was by far one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded on December 4, 1906 at the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Our fraternity is based on a solid foundation with its motto being “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.”

“First of All” correlates with Alpha Phi Alpha being the first intercollegiate African-American fraternity in the world as well as the first intercollegiate fraternity on West Chester’s campus.

“Servants of All” stems from being eager to serve all of our communities and to empower the youth.

“We Shall Transcend All” is based on setting examples for everyone around us and making sure that we hold ourselves to a high standard.

With being a member of Alpha Phi Alpha for a full semester, I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve been able to observe myself in many different ways in order to assess my strengths and weaknesses.

Coming to West Chester in 2014, I was very close-minded because I’ve never been out of Philadelphia before. I came to West Chester thinking that everyone was against me. I didn’t even want to make any new friends because I already had my friends back at home. I must say that working with others was also one of my weaknesses. I always thought that I was always right and that nobody could help me with anything. But, after joining my fraternity, all of that has changed.

I am now a part of something that is much bigger than me. In addition, all of the men that are a part of the organization would go out of their way just to help each other. Whether I am broke or just need a ride somewhere, I know that someone is always there to help me.

During the semester, I’ve learned how essential collaboration is. While working with my organization, I’ve learned how successful we can be if we brainstorm together and use constructive criticism to help one another.

As an incoming freshman attending West Chester University, I recommend every student go and get more information about joining West Chester’s programs. I must say that all of the organizations on campus are very interesting. I encourage every student to get involved with at least one organization, as it will help with leadership, responsibility and social-life.

Jihaad Sprowal-Nash is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at [email protected]

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