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We know that many of our alumni Brothers have questions about how life at Gamma has changed given these uncertain times we’re living in. COVID-19 has changed the way we conduct our daily life, and the undergraduates are no exception. We reached out to Elliot Stroud and asked him about what life as a Kappa Alpha Order at University of Georgia is like nowadays. Here's what he had to say. 

 

  1. Where are you originally from? How did you end up at University of Georgia? I am originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia. I have a lot of relatives who graduated from UGA, so they always encouraged me to work hard in high school to have a good shot of getting in. Once I did, it was a no-brainer to attend. 

  2. Why did you decide to pledge at Gamma? What drew you to the brotherhood? Once I started rushing KA, I immediately noticed a great brotherhood with a good balance of having fun and focusing on academics. The rush chairs were very welcoming and made sure I was always having a good time. What really drew me to KA was my family. My dad, who graduated from UGA in 1983, was a KA along with his 2 brothers. Growing up, I always enjoyed traveling to Athens for football games and stopping by the KA house. Seeing my dad catch up with all his old buddies from school made me realize I wanted to be a part of it one day.  
  3. How long have you been involved with Gamma? What have you learned/gained from your involvement?  I pledged freshman year, so I’ve been involved for about 3 years now. I’ve made some great friends and awesome memories along the way. The most important thing I’ve learned is to have a good balance. It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of being in a fraternity, but you must remember you’re here to get an education. 

  4. Do you have a leadership role at the house by any chance? If so, what’s your title? I have been the President since November 2019. 

  5. What's your expected grad year from University of Georgia? What are your area(s) of study? I am expecting to graduate in May 2021 with a B.B.A in Economics.  

  6. Are you involved in any extracurriculars? If so, could you tell us a little bit about your experiences? How are your extracurriculars changing in the coming school year, due to COVID-19? I am involved with UGA Miracle. Miracle is a student run organization that raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It is highlighted by its big event in the spring, Dance Marathon, where UGA students and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients meet at Tate Student Center for 24 hours straight playing games, making friends, and raising money. Hopefully by the spring, CDC guidelines will allow us to host Dance Marathon. 

  7. How does this fall’s rush process differ from past years? How has it altered to account for COVID-19?  Our rush process was very different this year. A large portion of our rush happens over the summer, and we usually have a full pledge class by late July. Across the board, there was a deficit in interest for rush compared to past years. On top of that, CDC restrictions prevented us from having most of the events at the house, which put a huge damper on filling a pledge class early. Before rushees came to Athens, we made sure they were not showing symptoms and were not in contact with someone who tested positive. We had a lot of hand sanitizing stations and practiced social distancing while meeting the rushees to prevent a spread at KA. 

  8. Are there any events at the house that you’ve had to cancel or alter due to the pandemic?  Last spring, we had to cancel our Founder’s week and Cowboy Ball when school went online in March. It was really disappointing to not be able to send off the school year with these events, but there was no feasible way of going forward with them.  

  9. How is day-to-day life in the house different this year from previous school years? What safety precautions are the Brothers taking? The day-to-day life at the house is completely different. With UGA and IFC restrictions, we are not allowed to host parties on property, have guests at the house after 7:00 PM, or have everyone gather at the house at once. I feel bad for the sophomores who live in the house who can’t invite a group of girls over after 7:00 PM, but there are rules we must follow to stay out of trouble. We have set up many hand sanitizing stations throughout the house along with social distancing signs to prevent the spread. If a brother living in the house tests positive, he must leave and quarantine somewhere for 14 days.   
     
  10. Do you have any post-grad plans at the moment?  Currently, I am studying for the LSAT and plan to attend law school after I graduate. 

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