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Remember, There Are No Greek Playoffs

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Lance Allen

I love this time of year. The weather’s crisp, classes are almost over, hockey season is getting into full swing, and most importantly, the football post-season is upon us. To me, there is no better way than to spend a Saturday afternoon than watching two desperate teams battle for bowl contention. But while entertaining, it’s almost sad how teams will put in that extra effort only when the end is near. But then I got to thinking, how often does this happen in Greek chapters?

How many times have you seen your chapter almost drop the ball due to procrastination and have to kick it into high gear to pull it off? How many times have you put off working on that project you said that you could take care of?

I may be stretching this metaphor too far, but I’m OK with that. I’m pretty sure that anyone in the Greek system has seen at least one, if not many, examples of what I’m talking about. It is so dangerous in today’s society to attempt to “coast” through the first part of a project’s time-frame. With families, school, jobs, and our chapters all calling for our constant attention, letting important due dates casually sneak up on us is not the wisest strategy.

As we enter the last few weeks of this semester, try not to get too sidetracked with distractions like winter break or holiday shopping. Remain dedicated to your classes, but also make sure that your Greek chapter has your attention as well. Make sure that your chapter isn’t letting semester goals set a few months ago slip by unnoticed. Even if you aren’t one of the high-profile leaders in the chapter, I’m sure that you remember at least one thing that was put on the to-do list that hasn’t yet been accomplished.

So where do we go from here? I challenge you to go to your chapter and find one of those unaccomplished goals and complete it by the time that your chapter wanted it done. If your chapter currently has no unfinished goals, then I encourage you to begin work on a new objective that will better your chapter and its members.

Unfortunately, the Greek system has no playoffs to help motivate us to strive for perfection. This is a game that is played year-round, non-stop. We must give our chapters as much effort as we can spare all the time. You already have everything that you need to help your chapter accomplish its goals. Now go do it!