For almost a month now the brothers of MI Theta have been dealing with being separated from our brothers, friends, and comfortable learning environment. During this stay-at-home order put in place by our governor, Gretchen Whitmer, we have had to learn how to live everyday life in a whole new way. The brothers of MI Theta were quick to get acclimated and not let quarantine hold them back from having the best experiences possible.
Many brothers have stayed on top of ‘sound body’ by creating a plethora of home training ideas and even chapter wide challenges. “Go to parks and use the playground equipment for workout equipment.” One great suggestion from Josh Andree. Lewis Deisler does: “the basics: push ups, sit ups, and crunches to stay toned.” Jake Bonacorsi is doing a month-long running challenge, where every day a mile is added to your run. Not only does this challenge help him out physically, but Jake records every run and sends the information to a charity group. Each complete run helps donate a meal to those in need. In addition, most of the brothers interviewed can all agree that the food at home is much better (not only in taste but in nutrition as well). With less take-out and fast food being consumed, our brothers have been able to save money and eat more nutritious food.
Along with not being able to go out, we have all transferred to online classes. This has created many difficulties, but that has not stopped our brothers from adapting very quickly. Many brothers do not mind being at home to study, but are finding motivation and remembering due dates without having a physical class to attend seem to be constant struggles across the board. Some suggestions that have been given were: “Follow your original routine as much as possible,” and “Set alarms on your phone prior to the due dates.” These strategies are just a few things that MI Theta is doing to ensure our continued academic success.
The negative effects of this whole pandemic are not enough to hold back the positives to come. Our brothers and people all over the country are seeing and learning from experts what it takes to stay healthy as well as the value of strong community and brotherly bonds. In the face of this unseen enemy, MI Theta is fighting hard to keep our heads high, and we continue to hope for the best throughout all of this.
Stay safe and stay healthy from the brothers of MI Theta!