Kurt Reinschmidt

"Even though I had just joined and didn't even know everyone's name, people still treated me like a brother."

A social fraternity of balanced men with a focus on service.

Email: PhiKappaPsi@oregonstate.edu

Facebook: Oregon State Phi Kappa Psi

 

Who can join? Why join?

If you are a male student enrolled full time at Oregon State University, you are welcome at our recruitment events. We strive to be inclusive and have many members from completely different backgrounds. People should join Greek life to grow as a person, help to positively impact the community and make lasting friendships.

How did you get involved?

I got involved when an older member, who’s from my hometown, called me the summer before freshman year. We had a great conversation, and I thought he seemed like a cool guy. We hung out a couple times that summer, and he invited me to a rush event at a lake cabin. I liked all the guys that I met. When I came down for school, he invited me to the rush events, and I really enjoyed hanging out with all the members, so I accepted a bid.

What is your best memory?

One of my favorite memories with Phi Psi was at one of my first brotherhood events. Everyone in Phi Psi was at our chapter house hanging out, and even though I had just joined and didn’t even know everyone’s name, people still treated me like a brother. It truly made me feel like joining Phi Psi was the best decision I made at college, which I still believe.

What is the community like?

My experience with the community is that when our house puts its mind to something, we can have an amazing impact due to our numbers. We have adopted a road that we clean once a term and volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club once a term, too. Last spring term, we helped some older folks clean out their yard, and we were able to get an amazing amount of work done because we had 15 people working. It continuously surprises me how big of an impact we can make.

When did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?

I felt a sense of belonging on campus when I got here. My roommate and I became friends pretty quickly, and I liked the other people on my dorm floor. Between the people in my dorm and Phi Psi, I felt like I belonged on campus right away.

How have you grown from being involved?

I have grown personally and professionally from being involved with Phi Psi. Personally, it has helped me gain self-confidence, gain leadership and communication skills and finally, make friendships that will last for my whole life. Professionally, I have gained experience in managing large groups of people, organizing events and networking with others.