Elliot & Nathan, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)

Elliot Tsai-Goodman & Nathan Tong

Where are you from?
E: Bristol, England
N: Toronto, Ontario

What year and field of study are you in?
E: 4th year, Psychology
N: 4th year, Finance

Why did you decide to Go Greek?

E: I was largely influenced to join Greek Life at UBC by my older brother, who was also an active member of UBC Fraternities at the time.

N: Although I was also influenced by my brother being a Greek at a university in the United States, I joined UBC Fraternities to make connections in this tight-knit community.

How has Greek Life at UBC and your fraternity impacted you?

E: I have found that Greek Life really helped me find my feet at university. Coming from England, I had to adjust to a brand new culture, and I knew no one apart from my brother initially. I had no idea about UBC Fraternities, and I was very apprehensive at first. That all changed when my brother introduced me to the members of of his fraternity. They were so friendly and welcoming, and I felt a lot more confident about myself straight away. My anxieties about making friends left me, and most of those guys that I met four years ago are still my closest friends today. I was worried about being lonely being at such a large university, but knowing that I had around 60 people who are always willing to talk, study, or just chill with me really helped me adjust to university life here.

N: My fraternity has been my family for the last 3 years of my life. Coming out of high school, I did not know that many people at UBC as I moved across the country for university. Joining UBC Fraternities allowed me to experience independence in a new city with a diverse group of people from all over the world. These vastly different perspectives and people have had a palpable influence in my life by supporting me and giving me the confidence to pursue different avenues for success.

Any advice for potential new members during the recruitment/rush process?

N: Don’t get distracted by flashing lights or parties. Check out each House and really try to meet the guys.

E: Check out all the Houses – even if you do not end up rushing one in particular, you can still meet some really great people.