Missouri State University Brothers Exemplify Service and Scholarship
For the second semester in a row at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Beta-Psi chapter at Missouri State University claimed the top spot in their academics. The men maintained a 3.28 collective GPA each semester, the best of any Greek life organization on campus.
High Alpha Matt Sheehan says the accomplishment begins and ends with the chapter members. In addition to their academic plan, Sheehan credits his members with unparalleled work ethic, along with a serious approach to their academics.
To achieve the highest chapter GPA, along with the most 4.0 GPAs among Missouri State Greek life, Sheehan cannot stress enough the importance of tailoring study habits to specific members.
“So, if you study better alone, don’t go to the library with your three friends; but if you do study better with another person there, and you need that accountability, get an accountability partner,” relayed Sheehan. “I actually had my highest GPA I’ve ever had this semester, because I was in the library four or five days out of the week; it’s putting in the time, honestly and actually getting it done.”
Sheehan was hard at work this academic year not only mentoring younger chapter members, but also acting as encouragement to continue the academic trend.
In addition to the chapter’s success in the classroom, the men boasted the highest philanthropic donations out of all Greek life on campus. The largest event the chapter hosted aided High Pi Lane Crisp’s nephew, Grant, in his fight against childhood cancer. At the end of the event, Sheehan and his brothers raised over 5700 dollars.
Sheehan and his members were thrilled with the success they saw this year but are eager to perform even better next.
Along with planning an even larger Watermelon Bash, the chapter will look to partner with the American Children’s Cancer Organization to build upon their great success seen with Grant’s event.
Sheehan cannot stress enough how much his chapter has achieved and implores his members to remember their duty to not only their fraternity, but to their community as well.
“Philanthropy, whether that be Feeding America, whether that be American Children’s Cancer Organization, whether it be anything that you are doing, you have to realize that it’s bigger than yourself,” stressed Sheehan. “It’s bigger than your chapter, and it’s important; it’s about what people you are affecting.”
To other chapters who are looking to improve either in academics or their philanthropic efforts, Sheehan gives this very simple advice: push each other, hold every member accountable, and above all, remember to change lives for the better.
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