8 Tips for Being a Good Big

You’ve decided that you want to help guide the new Initiates of your Chapter by becoming a Big. First, congratulations for taking on this important role! You may have some questions though, which is totally normal. We have a few tips on how you can have a successful Big/Little relationship:

8 Tips For Being a Good Big | Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

  1. Be present. Make sure the time spent with your Little is quality time. Block out all other distractions and focus on what they need to successfully become a Brother.
  2. Show Support. Keep up with test days, birthdays, Initiate events and projects. Lend a hand or send a quick text to wish them well and let them know you care.
  3. Be Thoughtful. Drop a mini bag of candy by their door tagged with an encouraging message. Take a cup of coffee to the library during study hours. Send a happy text on a rainy day.
  4. Give Them Letters. Be the first person to help Brothers show their Phi Sigma Pi pride by making or buying them letters that match their personality.
  5. Be Open Minded. Try not to force your ideas and traditions on your Little. Listen to their thoughts, questions and ideas about other Initiates, Brothers and the Chapter at Large.
  6. Be Helpful  Make study cards or test reviews to help them learn PSP history.
  7. Get To Know Them…really. Send a weekly text asking their favorite movie, candy, event on campus, etc. Meet for lunch once a week and talk about things…other than Phi Sigma Pi.
  8. Be A Big For Life! Do not stop the Big/Little relationship after Induction. Continue to build the bonds of fellowship with your Little and the rest of your family!

What’s the #1 piece of advice you would give someone that has decided to become a Big?

Leadership in ActionLearning how to communicate with your Little will make your relationship even stronger. Host the Leadership in Action Module The Art of Effective Communication- Exploring Your Communication Style to better relate to those around you. Request the Module.

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