Brother Testimonials

Being a brother of Alpha Phi Omega is an amazing and rewarding organization that impacts both the lives of its members as well as the community. Here’s what a few brothers said about their experiences in Alpha Phi Omega!

Name: Karen Cohen

Major: Health Administration

Rushed: Rushed Fall 2014, transferred Fall 2016

“I rushed APO at Towson University my junior year, because my roommate Rachel, who rushed the semester before me, encouraged me to do so. I had done a lot volunteering in the past, and I also had a passion for helping others and making others happy. However, I was also a student athlete on the cross country and track and field teams at the time, which was a top priority for me. At first, I was unsure about it, but I decided to attend the rush events and become a brother, and I’m so glad that I went through with it.

Every semester that I was in APO, I fell in love with it more, so much that I decided to transfer into UF’s chapter as a graduate student. APO has allowed me to gain leadership skills that I can use anywhere. Every time that I do service, I feel amazing knowing that I’ve impacted so many peoples’ lives in one way or another. Most importantly, I have gained friendships that I will have with me for the rest of my life. What’s great about APO is that we accept people for who they are, regardless of age, major, or disability.

Something that I was so unsure about at first ended up being one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in college.”

 

 

 

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Name: Gianella Perez

Majors: Psychology & Spanish

Rushed: Fall 2015

“Going into college I knew I wanted to get involved with a service organization so I made a giant list of possible organizations I could join until I found Alpha Phi Omega. I fell in love with it Day 1 of Rush and the rest is history! Everyone here is incredibly kindhearted and admirable in many ways. Just in the short Rush period, I learned so much about the organization and how much it does for the community, the campus, and for its members. Alpha Phi Omega helped me start to become the person I’ve always wanted to be and is still helping me achieve this goal. It’s given me the opportunity to give back to the community, put a smile on people’s faces, and it’s given me a lifetime of friendships I will cherish forever. I love that it’s become my home away from home.”

 Name: Casey Rybak

Majors: Economics and International Studies

Minor: Mathematics

Rushed: Fall 2016

“I rushed APO because I was looking for a group of people who shared my passion for service. Service is very important to me, and I knew that I would get along with people who were also interested in serving for the greater good. My favorite thing about APO so far is that, no matter what your interests may be, you can always find someone who shares that with you. Whether you’re interested in a certain TV show, a sport, or a game, I can almost guarantee that someone else likes that too. APO has given my a home. I rushed as a sophomore and, previously, I didn’t feel like I was a member of a community. I felt like an outsider at UF, but APO has given me a purpose and a community. I highly recommend rushing as soon as possible because I regret not rushing in my freshman year!”

 

 

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 Name: Kaitlyn Figueroa

Major: Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Rushed: Spring 2016

“APO has given me the freedom and power to be myself. Before rushing, I was a shy freshman that was just looking for her place on this campus, but then I found that once I did the thing that I loved most, service, that I didn’t need to look for a “home away from home” anymore. I found it. Now, I am surrounded by some of the most loving and unprejudiced people that I have ever known, and that allows me to grow into the person I am meant to be. I am extremely grateful to Alpha Phi Omega for this!”

Name: Karina Fundora

Majors: Sociology and Psychology

Rushed: Spring 2015

“My friend, Melanie, told me about Alpha Phi Omega and had actually have been trying to get me to rush since the semester before I actually rushed. I had done a lot ofcommunity service in high school and suddenly not doing it anymore made me feel strange. So I decided to give this a try… and I loved it! The aspect of APO I love the most is the relationships I have built with not only my brothers, but the people we volunteer with every week. I have seen so many children grow in the past two years at places like Forest Green and Boys and Girls Club and it’s something so special that we, as a fraternity, are able to continue building these relationships with these children. APO has given enriched my college life far more than I ever imagined.”

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Name: Savannah Stura

MajorBiology

Rushed: Fall 2015

“Coming out of high school I was extremely nervous about starting college. I was terrified that I wouldn’t find a place that I belong. However, a chance meeting and hearing about Alpha Phi Omega changed all that. I found an amazing group of diverse people, and I really felt like I belonged instantly! Not only did I make friends but, I bettered the community around me. The service aspect of the fraternity I see as a bonus, and completing service hours isn’t a task but, a fun way to connect with different people. The service provides skills that I could have never learned in the class room. I defiantly grew as a person by joining Alpha Phi Omega.”

Name: Eric Mulligan

Major: Electrical Engineering

Rushed: Fall 2014

“I remember attending my first rush meeting and hearing all these brothers swear that rushing APhiO was the best decision they made in college. I was extremely cynical. No organization could be so great that it defines the best decision of your college career. Regardless, I continued rush and eventually became a brother myself, and finally understood how this group of people could be so impactful on your life. This fraternity has given me a family, a home away from home, a support system, a constant source of study buddies, and so much more that I can’t even put into words. Rushing APhiO, for me, just like those brothers who told me during my first rush meeting, has truly been one of the best decisions since coming to UF.”

 
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