“The Best Years of My Life” 

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In the midst of pandemics and job worries, family matters and just daily life in general, it’s easy to forget all that our Alpha Zeta experience gave us and still gives.  

Leadership opportunities at the Morrill Chapter house, camaraderie with our fellow Morrill Chapter brothers and sisters, life-changing philanthropy projects and friendships that will last a lifetime — it’s a lot to be thankful for. For many of us, those experiences made us into the men and women we are today.  

We surveyed Alpha Zeta alums from all across the country about their Alpha Zeta experiences and they echoed this sentiment precisely. Their Penn State years just wouldn’t have been the same without Alpha Zeta. Check out a selection of their survey responses below on what Alpha Zeta meant to them. It won’t take long for you to start nodding your head in agreement. You might even be inspired to pick up the phone and call up one of your fellow Alpha Zetas to rekindle some old memories.  

Have a thought or two of your own you’d like to share with your fellow alumni? CLICK HERE to fill out our survey, and you may see your Morrill Chapter memories, photos or reflections published in a future newsletter or eLetter.  

I have always felt that my fraternity brothers and sisters were the greatest group of men and women that I had, before and ever since, been associated with. The times were great, with fellowship, discipline, intramural sports, educational benefits, loyalty to a group with a common purpose and the maturing that comes with all the before mentioned. Teaching manners, respect for others and competition within the fraternities helped make me a much more mature individual. It was a great experience!  

The camaraderie I found during my years as an undergraduate yielded lifelong friendships that I treasure to this day. We still find time to take trips together, attend the weddings of each other's children and rejoice at the news of the births of each other's grandchildren. In short, we have become an extended family.  

I couldn't have made it at university without the house and I barely made it at university because of the house, but the fact is, I did make it and I wouldn't have changed a thing. So many experiences to be thankful for — camaraderie and lifelong friendships, late night debates, music, parties. Maybe that's why college was the best 10 years of my life.  

I look back on the few short years I spent at the fraternity house as some of the best years of my life. The friendships I developed made getting an education a great and memorable experience for me.  

Although being in a social fraternity was a lot of fun, what was most valuable to me was the chance at leadership it gave me. It boosted my self-confidence and honed skills that have allowed me to have the kind of life I have now. College would've been an empty experience if not for the fraternity house.  

I support and have supported the fraternity because of the profound influence my experience there had on me and continues to have on me. The friendships I made there are among the most important in my life.  

For me, the fraternity was like an extended family. We shared our lives with each other in a way that probably would not have happened otherwise. The fraternity established lifelong friendships that endure to this day (I am now 87). I feel confident that even with brothers and sisters I have not had contact with in many years, renewing any contact would be welcomed. I have been and continue to be in contact with brothers and sisters and consider these people to be among my dearest friends.