Today, I said goodbye to the truest fraternity I've ever
been a part of. As the 2016 Build America team began to part ways, I couldn't
help but find myself at a point of tears running down my face. As my teammate
Colin put it: "I'm ready to be home, but I'm not ready for the
goodbyes." I will never be able to forget the shared experiences that I
and 16 other gentlemen had this summer, and I wouldn't take it back for
anything. Emotionally, the past 48 hours have been the hardest part of the
trip. Not the hot Texas sun or the awful Missouri humidity or thin Colorado
air... But rather, having to say goodbye to brothers that truly display
brotherly love to one another and all others.
As we arrived in Austin to Pi Kappa Phi's Supreme Chapter,
we were welcomed by the entire national council, delegates from every chapter
of the fraternity, and many other names within Pi Kapp. As our final hours were
dwindling, we celebrated a great summer as a team leading up to one of the
hardest goodbyes I've ever had to give. These 16 men are truly the most genuine
brothers I will ever have. As we talk about in our creed, I finally experienced
"the ideal chapter," A chapter of men who truly define what it means
to be a man of Pi Kappa Phi. Thank you, Lord, for putting Build America on my
heart all the way back in January, because without it, I wouldn't have become
the man I am now.
Thank you to all of our sponsors whether it was a meal or a
box of cookies in the mail for helping us get to the end of this entire
experience. We are beyond thankful for your love.
Goodbye, Build America.
In Pi Alpha and the Ideal Chapter,
Gamma Tau (North Texas)