Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.
Delta Delta Chapter | Southwest Province
"Though when decision day came, I walked towards the doors of Kappa Psi. Even when I never went to a single informational or social and didn’t know anything about Kappa Psi, I felt that there was much more to them than meets the eye. I felt like taking a chance on Kappa Psi and what it had to offer. I felt like if I’m always afraid of opportunities and changes, how am I ever going to become a better person. Will I ever become more confident if I’m never faced with adversity and hardship. How am I ever going to be a leader, if I always run at the first thought of fear. As I walked through those doors, I would’ve never known that my life would be completely changed…"
"I joined Kappa Psi because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. I was ready for a big turn in my life. I used to have a very boring life, so I thought it was time for me to make a change. There’s one quote from a friend that I heard. He said if you expect a new thing, you have to do something different. If you want a new result, you have to do something different. I chose Kappa Psi because that's what I wanted to do with my life. One lesson I learned from being in Kappa Psi is that there are no mistakes, rather there's only opportunities to learn. Yes you may make a mistake but you have to accept it, own it, and get over it. Because before you can learn anything, you have to face it directly. You have to admit you made a mistake, take notes, and then move on. But of course, avoid making the same mistake again. There are many other lessons I learned from being in this brotherhood, and I can definitely say that Kappa Psi has helped me make a positive change in my life."
"A recent conversation I had with a few of my pledge brothers reflecting on our experiences in Kappa Psi thus far reinforced the strength and endurance that we had developed as individuals over the past year, and realizing that, all I could do was smile. Being able to laugh for hours with people who you spend so much time with, and in another instance, be there for them (and know they’ll be there for you) when times get rough is something that is invaluable to me. It’s an added bonus that I can call these people my brothers."
"Without my Kappa Psi brothers, I don’t think I would have make it through the first semester. They really helped me a lot and I felt a bond between my brothers. One of the most memorable moments that I have is during pledging, when I wasn’t feeling well and my brothers were there for me. They brought me food and drove me to places when they didn’t have to. I remember the time when I was about to find out who my big was. I wasn’t able to be at the reveal with everyone else, but my brothers all came out on another day to be there for me and reveal who my big was. I feel like those were the most memorable moments for me, because I felt like I was truly part of a brotherhood. These people didn’t have to come out, but they did because they wanted to."
"One thing that stood out to me during orientation was so many organizations and fraternities that we can join. So why Kappa Psi? Why did I go with Kappa Psi? This kind of goes back to last summer when I just got accepted into pharmacy school. I was thinking about what I wanted to do while in pharmacy school and who did I want to become. One thing that I remembered as an undergraduate was that I was never involved in extracurricular activities. I was a member, but I was too shy to stand up and run for a position. When I saw Kappa Psi, I saw how passionate people were about service and leadership. With Kappa Psi, you didn't have to be a leader to join Kappa Psi. The leaders are there to build up new leaders to pursue the field of Pharmacy and to lead new students on campus."
"You can really tell that a lot of people are committed to the fraternity. One of my favorite memories of being in Kappa Psi was the time where our pledge brothers came together. It was silly but we did this thing where one person starts off a beat and another person adds to it. Choke had his pencil out and he was tapping on the table. Daniel was making his own beat. Jovan said something and I added different phrases. It was really silly but it got everyone laughing. It was very memorable because even though it was a really tough semester and we were getting adjusted to school, we could really still have fun with our brothers."
"Everyone sitting next to you including yourself is going to be a leader at one point or another in your lifetime when you become a full-time pharmacist. You’re going to be leading technicians and you’re going to be the head of the operation. When I came into pharmacy school, I not only wanted to leave my legacy but I also wanted to find a group of people that share my ideals of what leadership is."
"But the memories that have really resonated with me are the moments of generosity and compassion. I always believed that compassion is probably one of the most important virtues we can possess, especially as pharmacists. If you really care about something, whether it’s your family or your patients, there is no external force or internal limitation within yourself that will prevent you from developing yourself and accomplishing your goals."
"I learned that not only did this fraternity help me grow both personally and professionally, but it’s officers and members all came together every year to make sure we were always a top performing chapter within the region and nation. The passion every brother has and their unbelievable work ethic definitely doesn’t go unnoticed when we attend our province conclaves and take home awards for things such as having the most members from a chapter present, or even more exciting — for Chapter of the Year. We work together as a team, a single unit, to make great things happen and we never let each other down. I’m so proud to say I’m a brother of Kappa Psi, and I wouldn’t have it any other way."
"Coming into pharmacy school, I was shy, quiet, and really kept to myself. I was not planning on changing this; however, Kappa Psi really took me out of my shell. During the first weeks of pharmacy school, Kappa Psi stood out to me because the actives always interacted with me even outside of their socials and informationals. This prompted me to attend more of their events. I saw that there is a love and bond in this brotherhood that I wanted to experience for myself and be a part of. I began to realize that Kappa Psi has contributed so much to the brothers’ professional growth which was another reason why I wanted to join. I can say without a doubt that I have found people who I can call my family through Kappa Psi. Pharmacy school is beyond tough, but spending it with my Kappa Psi family is what makes this experience worthwhile."
"All of us think that whatever skill set or endeavor we have we’re the best at, but it’s not until you face a challenge that you really find out how good you are, and I’m a person who embraces adversity and at the same time I love camaraderie. The proverb that really sticks out when I think about this is, “if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” You can’t do it by yourself, so with that being said, one of my most favorite memories of me and my brothers is the time we were fortunate enough to go to a national conference in Washington, D.C. About three or four years ago, we trekked through the hot sun all throughout the national mall, looking at the MLK memorial, Jefferson memorial, and all that jazz, but the thing that really stood out about that entire trip was that all along we were singing some Boyz II Men song that one of my brothers just happened to turn up, and we sang that the entire time. Why? I don’t know, but it made the trip that more fun, and in my opinion, you can create memories by yourself or with people that you kinda love, but your brothers are one. Camaraderie is one that’s for life."
"Above all, we always preach quality over quantity. Every brother that has walked through those doors has made me feel like I’m part of something bigger than myself. Our chapter goes above and beyond all the time. Whenever we go to these conferences, people know who we are, and you want to be part of a group that not only achieves a lot but also able to make an impact, and this Delta Delta chapter has never fallen short. Surrounding myself with these guys just made it that much easier for me to find my purpose through Kappa Psi."
"Growing up, I had four high schools. Consequently, it’s hard to maintain friendships when you move so frequently. So being here in Houston for four years for pharmacy school, I wanted to lay some roots and have a family and support system since my current real family doesn’t live here. I have found that through Kappa Psi. This brotherhood is beyond supportive. You know you always have someone there to help you, the leadership and guidance of the upperclassmen, and Dr. Williams has been just absolutely invaluable these past 2 years."
"When I started pharmacy school, I had just recently moved to the United States about 2.5 years prior and it was a challenge trying to adjust and become apart of this country and assimilate and so I was looking for something that I could say I’m apart of and belong to. And when I saw the brothers of Kappa Psi walking through the doors on orientation day, I knew immediately that there was something more there, that there was something I could be apart of and feel like I belong."