Sometimes You Want to Go

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By Jaisalyn Santiago, Beta Class

We have all seen the 1980’s sitcom “Cheers,” which is about a group of people who live different lives and look forward to seeing each other every evening after a hard day’s work. We all know the show’s beloved theme song. If you can’t think of the chorus let me help you out…

“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;
You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;
You want to be where everybody knows your name.”

These lyrics remind me of a time where I would lay in bed next to my Dad and we would watch reruns of the show on VHS tapes, but coming to the University of Central Florida and becoming a Brother of Zeta Phi Eta gave the song a whole new meaning.

After accepting my bid with Zeta Phi Eta I found that I was finally surrounded by like-minded people who are striving to achieve similar goals in life. I had never been around such ambitious and headstrong people. As young professionals we live fast-paced lives and we are constantly trying to better ourselves. My Brothers are always networking, improving their personal brands and planning their futures beyond college. Because we are always striving to become better versions of ourselves it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where taking a break comes in.

Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;

We never stop going but in our lives it’s important to remember that we can find comfort in each other. Walking into a room and being greeted by people who care how your day was or how your internship is going is a much needed relief after a hard day or even a hard week. I look forward to the days where I know I will get to spend time with my Brothers. It’s exciting to see everyone together and vent to each other about our professional decisions.

You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;

The time spent with my Brothers is different than when I spend time with my family from back home. While my family back home is my number one support system they don’t always understand the struggles we have as millennials. I find myself being frustrated with problems that only my Brothers understand, such as “Which internship opportunity should I take?” Or “Should I stay in school an extra semester or graduate early?” Questions like these come up more often than not in my life and decisions can be hard to make. I am grateful for my Brothers who can give me advice and help me through the difficult decisions that have to be made because they have been in similar situations.

 

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

I see my Brothers constantly striving for greatness, meeting new people and getting their name out there. But sometimes you need a to step back from it all and that is OKAY. Branding yourself as a young professional can take everything out of you. But just when you think you don’t have anything else to give its important to remember that you have your Brotherhood behind you the entire way.

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