My name is Abigail, and I’m part of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Washington. This is my first full year being an active. I’m part of the wonderful Alpha Beta class and am currently a Junior majoring in Biology-M.C.D. with a minor in Values in Society.
Being in Kappa Kappa Psi, at first, was a chance for me to hang out with more people that I knew from Marching Band. I also saw this fraternity as a place where I could share my love of music with others and serve the music and greater community of Seattle through music. But one thing that was very new to me was the aspect of “brotherhood.”
As a PM, when asked how I would rank Brotherhood, Service, and Music, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I said all three, but when having to choose, I selected Music, Service, followed by Brotherhood last. I knew what music and service was because it’s been part of my entire life, but what was brotherhood? Was it merely just an extension of the friendship I had with some, but not all, of the people in Gamma?
Luckily I have had the pleasure of building a better understanding of what “brotherhood” can mean through my first full year as an active member with Gamma.
As a PM I had the pleasure of getting to know a lot more people from HMB outside of my section through social events, community service projects, and passing third degree, onto joining committees and participating in those. But I feel that I have gotten a better sense of what brotherhood means through my own experience as a Big Brother and member of the Ritual Team for Third Degree.
I’ve been very blessed to have an amazing Little Brother in Kaila. She took the PM process by the horns and was eager to get involved at the get go. I loved hearing about her wonderful experience at DLC and stories about meeting brothers and sisters around the district. But what has most impressed me with Kaila is the brotherhood bond between us. Not only have I had the pleasure of helping her through the PM process with education, insight, etc, but she has blessed me with a reminder of what this fraternity stands for and the ideals we uphold in times when things don’t always go accordingly or when there are disputes about things in chapter. As with all the new actives of the Alpha Gamma class, Kaila has helped me appreciate the brotherhood even more.
Not only has been being a Big Brother helped me appreciate the brotherhood, but so has being on Rit Team. I was honored to be a part of Third Degree and witness the excitement of the new Alpha Gamma class. As I read and listened further to what was said, I thought of the rich history of Kappa Kappa Psi. Looking around and seeing the PMs, Actives, and Alumni together with our Chapter Sponsor I realized how wonderful this brotherhood is but how great it has the potential to become through Gamma’s perseverance and through our relations with other chapters.
Kappa Kappa Psi have given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people not only at the University of Washington, but also from other parts of the state and West Coast. I’ve gotten a chance to get to know Jon who joined HMB and is a brother from Omega. My older sister’s good friend, Samantha, is also an alumni from ASU and a brother from Beta Omicron, which has given us plenty to talk about in regards to music, the brotherhood, and marching band. It’s given me an instant bond with brothers and sisters I’ve never met before because they understand and appreciate the ideals of the organization I’m lucky to be a part of. I’m excited to get to meet other brothers and sisters at Convention and I’m excited for the future of Gamma.
Abigail Ahyong, Gamma Chapter