Back in the U.S., Benjamin Beckhart ’82 Considers the Fraternity Experience

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Q: Why did you join Zeta Psi?

My brothers were genuine, intellectually curious and open to making Zeta Psi a multicultural, multifaceted fraternity. Zeta Psi accepted me for who I was: A young, restless U.S.-Mexico bicultural kid who wanted to make a difference in the world.

Q: What is your best memory from your fraternity days?

The long one-on-one conversations where we fixed the problems of the world.

Q: How do you benefit from the fraternity experience as an alumnus?

Unfortunately, I have not leveraged the experience, as I have lived in Mexico and Venezuela for the last 27 years. I moved back to the U.S. a year ago and would like to reach out to several of my brothers. We have been in touch via social media.

Q: What is your advice for today’s active brothers?

Get to know each other as best as possible. Seek out those that are different from you. You both will learn much from each other. Help your brothers while at school and thereafter, as they will come to your help when you least expect it.

Q: In what ways is the fraternity experience still relevant for today’s student?

It is relevant because it offers a “safe” environment to flourish socially, to test or develop your leadership skills, to learn from others whilst building a deeper, longer lasting bond.

Q: What’s new in your life today?

Seeking to establish a transformational leadership and business mentorship practice in the San Antonio and Austin areas. But I need to develop a network since I am new to the area.

Q: Name three brothers you’d like to connect with this year, and why?

Ben Alexander, since he is from southern Texas. Kevin Fitzgerald, David Carris and Paul Zanowski. I would like to take up our conversations where we left them.

Check Ben out on LinkedIn!