John Earnhardt discusses balancing fraternity involvement with his studies as a student at NC State. Interview on November 15, 2012. (1:58)


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My intent was to have a good social environment here, certainly secondary to doing the best I could academically 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:14.551
and getting myself set for my future, and there were plenty of activities in the dorms and all. 00:00:14.551 - 00:00:23.292
I mean I didn't need to go to a fraternity but I thought I would like to try that, and I did and I enjoyed it but I had my rules. 00:00:23.292 - 00:00:36.413
I don't party in the week. When it's Friday afternoon, that's fine. Sunday at noon started the next week for me making sure I was ready. 00:00:36.413 - 00:00:51.528
Never missed a class the whole time I was at NC State, I don't think. I really don't remember ever missing a class. Somebody had told me that-. 00:00:51.528 - 00:00:59.405
And that was one of the concerns I had about being out remote from the campus, getting back on campus, that I - be a tendency to miss classes. 00:00:59.405 - 00:01:11.748
I didn't want to do that. But it was fine, fraternity life was great, and that's where I had to start figuring out, well, 00:01:11.748 - 00:01:20.849
how am I going to integrate social life and studies and things like that, and there was nobody supervising that. 00:01:20.849 - 00:01:32.205
I mean I could hear my mother talking in one ear and my dad talking in the other. They weren't there but I mean, you know, 00:01:32.205 - 00:01:40.535
I did a respectable balance of that, but I really enjoyed the fraternity life, the academic life, the sports on campus, and that kind of thing. 00:01:40.535 - 00:01:50.826

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