Letter from a Parent
When I heard my son, Kevin, was interested in joining the Greek system at USC, I was excited for him to experience the same life I had in my years at USC. The Greek system at USC forges bonds of camaraderie which my sisters and I still feel to this day.
I’ve seen Phi Delta Theta impact Kevin in many ways, with the most significant being giving him a place to call home. He knew very few people when he started school last fall, and joining the pledge class gave him a “soft place to fall”. He instantly could join the guys at the house for lunch, which can be a lonely experience for new freshmen at dining halls. Even early into his experience in Phi Delt we saw his camaraderie with his pledge brothers at the Phi Delt game day tailgates and homecoming. Along with the brotherhood comes a sense of decorum my husband and I saw firsthand as a couple of Kevin’s Phi Delt brothers came with us on a skiing vacation. They were nothing but respectful and thoughtful houseguests.
Beyond the brotherhood, the opportunities that Phi Delt presents were numerous for Kevin. One of the most immediate benefits of the brotherhood is the built in mentoring it offers to the students of all grade levels. To a freshman engineering student there is much to know about the university that isn’t taught in orientation, making the presence of the upperclassmen invaluable. The upperclassmen became a safety net when a class would become a nightmare or dorms became insufferable.
The fraternity offers leadership opportunities that help the boys to grow. In Phi Delt, Kevin was involved in his pledge class, has had the chance to help navigate the volleyball court construction project, and directly work with companies in throwing the annual Phi Delt FIFA philanthropy. Phi Delt has given Kevin skills that he will be able to use and directly translate into life after graduation.
Finally the social life that the fraternity/sorority system offers allows for students to meet a significant amount more of the student body through the various functions the Greek system provides. Through the philanthropies, mixers, and other events Kevin has been able to meet many more of his fellow Trojans than he would have simply through dorm life and his studies.
Kevin has enjoyed his freshman year at USC in large part because of his joining Phi Delta Theta. It has given him a place to call home, friends of all four years, an opportunity to spread his leadership wings, study buddies, and the chance to create his own fond memories of USC.
Parent of Kevin Fohrer
Class of 2015, Industrial & Systems Engineering