Michael Corcoran

Syracuse '04

Joining a Fraternity was not something that had entered my mind as a college Freshman. My Dad had attended a university that had no Greek life, so I had no basis of comparison besides the typical pop culture stereotypes.

However, in the Fall semester of my Sophomore year, I discovered Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and found my perception of Greek life turned on its head. I never thought of myself as the "frat boy" type, and was amazed to find I was not alone; many of my future chapter brothers were very much the same way.

Joining Phi Kappa Psi has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Serving committee and officer positions helped improve my organizational skills. Attending programs like PLA, GAC, and ALA opened my eyes to the bigger picture of being a Phi Psi on a global scale. Serving as Chapter President helped me find my own voice and style as a leader, skills which I use in my professional life today. And the Alumni Association network helped me land a paid summer internship and prepare for the working world after graduation - a debt which I have paid forward by chartering and leading a new Association in my new home city.

But most important of all, Phi Kappa Psi has blessed me with three invaluable gifts: a home away from home during college; a Creed of values which I strive to live by every day; and a nationwide family of Brothers, some of whom I consider my closest and most trusted friends.