Ask any Deke who is over 40 years old: "oh, you were a Deke?"
And they will always respond to you "I still am a Deke. Always will be".
It's this enduring passion and strong feeling that is the real payoff with being a fraternity man, and in particular, being a Deke. Especially if you grew up without having biological brothers: having dozens of adopted brothers is an emotionally rewarding part of life that you will not experience as a lone wolf.
We do many pragmatic things at DKE. We network, we help each other get jobs, we provide career mentorship to each other. We foster professional connections. We offer a strong referral system for business development after university. We coach public speaking, democratic process, special event project management, non-profit governance. And we even help men learn to cook better.
But without exception, every great Deke will tell you that their favorite part of the fraternity is the emotional reward of the relationships and the shared achievements. That sentimental, irrational, warm-fire-in-your-belly feeling of having improved someone else's life, while also having had your own life profoundly enriched by the company of adopted siblings, experiencing life as a shared adventure.
Brotherly affection and emotional enrichment: this is the part of fraternity life that defies logic, and defies explanation. And it sounds so sappy when you write it on a web page.
But truth be told: if you're the kind of man who would be a good Deke, then you'll fully understand what we're saying here.
If this resonates with you at all, then click on the 'Rush' link at the bottom of this page and give us a call!