2010 Recipient : Mankato

Jared Hensch

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

Life seems to be a juggling act these days.  Balancing all of the aspects of life as a college senior has its struggles and its challenges.  Leadership is a full time job.  After taking over the role of President of Delta Chi in the fall of 2010, the “fun” of fraternity life seemed to take a bad seat to the daily planning and managing of the chapter.  I knew if I were to be balancing my school, job, president position, and girlfriend, I would need discipline.  I also knew that taking the position of President would change my life.  I just didn’t know it would change it so much for the better.

I almost accepted that taking over as President would lower my grades and hurt my academics.  At that time, the chapter was in a tough position going into the fall and looking for a leader for the fall semester; a time when recruitment was crucial.  As a chapter, our total GPA had been poor in the past two semesters; a combination of apathy and the lack of dedication by members.  Not only did I want to maintain my current GPA, I wanted to increase our chapter’s grades.  We worked hard to develop a new scholarship program and serving as scholarship chair allowed me to work with members one on one to help with their academic success.  Seeing our new members succeed in college and handle the struggle of college level work was encouraging to me and motivated me throughout the semester.  I ended the fall semester with a 3.68 GPA, the highest in the chapter.  I have always believed in leading by example and this was the finest case. As a chapter, we also raised our GPA by .34 points, by far the highest in the Greek community at MSU.  My personal grades were a point of pride for me, but not nearly as much as seeing the entire chapter succeed.

Looking back at my time in Delta Chi, I can safely say that I have no regrets.  I can’t imagine my college life without Delta Chi in it.  Going in to this year I had goals and expectations for my chapter and I believe we’ve exceeded all of these.  Leaving behind my brothers in Mankato will be tough, but I know that I did everything I could to make the Mankato chapter the best it can be.

Achieving the highest GPA in the chapter took a great deal of hard work and discipline.  Our key value of education seems to be pushed aside at times as fraternity men; pushed away in favor of socials and parties.  As fraternity men, I think we should be rewarded for our hard work.  If not me, then another of my brothers certainly deserves it.  Leadership by example with my success in school and the betterment of the chapter as a whole were great accomplishments for me, and these reasons are why I believe I should be considered for the alumni scholarship this year.  Thank you for your consideration.

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