You need to realize that you will have trying moments as a brother in your fraternity. Things won't always go as planned. And I'll tell you something - I hope you have those moments. Now I don't hope you have them because I want you to struggle - just the opposite. How you handle adversity will define you as a leader. Think about it - it is easy to lead when times are good. Anyone can be a leader during those times. The true test though is during those trying times. Those times when the answer isn't easy, and it puts your character to the test. That is why I hope you have those times, because you will grow from those experiences. You will look back and remember the tough calls you made, and be proud that you had the courage and conviction to stand up for what is right. Remember this lesson when your chapter is struggling. This is an opportunity to show outsiders, your brothers, and most importantly yourself what you are capable of. Relish these opportunities and learn as much as you can along the way. These opportunities are what sets us apart from non-Greeks. And these opportunities are what will set you up for a lifetime of success.
Pat Daley - The Fraternity Advisor