37 Hours: My weekend as the National Board President

By Ganteng Boy

So you wonder how I do it. Between my full-time job as a career salesperson, my part time job as a Director of Photography, and my volunteering gig as the National Board President of my fraternity, how is it humanly possible to manage my time? Simple, it’s tough to balance life, but it’s the people who I make time for – they keep my life balanced.

Let’s explore my third role – National Board President. Here’s a peek into how my weekend went down.


~ 7:00PM: begin the drive from Austin, TX to College Station, TX. It’s approximately 1 hour and 48 minutes of drive time.

9:35PM: arrive in College Station, TX. Deliver induction speech for Texas A&M chapter new members. Now that’s Christmas Card quality!

A&M Formal 2016.jpg

10:30PM: Formal ceremony ends

11:30PM: Arrive at the fraternity house, socialize, partake in the festivities, hydrate, rinse and repeat.


~2:10AM: fully hydrated and as a final check, blood alcohol level is at 0.03. Red bull in hand. Music cranked up. Got to stay focused on the drive back home.

~3:00AM: pulls over to the side of the road, turns off the engine, and takes a brief cat nap.

~4:20AM: arrives safe and sound back home in Austin.

11:10AM: wake up and eat a light breakfast – vegetable soup.

weather in Austin, TX was currently 45ºF,  with light to moderate rain.

12:19PM: run a few hills. I’m training for my next full marathon in January 2017. This course was a beast, and I owned that beast.


Total distance: 6 miles; Total vertical distance: 1,044 feet; Total time: 57 minutes, 50 seconds

1:45PM: shower, change, and I’m out the door.

~4:00PM: arrive at the venue. Deliver induction speech for UT new members and graduating seniors. Glad to see a close friend finally making it to the finish line of this race I like to call, undergraduate college studies.

~5:00PM: leave Austin, TX for Houston, TX. The estimated drive time is 2 hours and 38 minutes.

due to heavy rain, traffic was at a near standstill at certain portions of the journey

8:45PM: arrive in Houston, TX. Deliver induction speech for UH new members and graduating seniors. This was an exceptionally touching moment to be reunited with close friends that I have not seen in years.


12:10AM: ceremony ends and it’s time for me to leave Houston, TX and drive to Austin, TX. It did not stop raining. My car nearly hydroplaned on 3 separate occasions. I pulled over to a nearby restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed. Hungry and tired, it didn’t make sense to me to risk driving back to Austin. That night was the first time, in a long time, that I slept the entire night in my car.

5:30AM: alarm rings. I think I got 4 hours of sleep, not sure. Got to make it to work by 8AM. My estimated drive time to Austin, TX is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

7:24AM: arrive in Austin, TX. Wash my face, brush my teeth, change my clothes. No time to shower. I like the smell of money.


8:00AM: arrive @ work. Ready to take on Monday meetings like a champ.

I am passionate about mentoring college students, and made it a point on my ‘To-Be’ list to always be the role model that I have always wanted when I was a freshman in college. I want to be ‘that guy’ for the new members of my fraternity. And so I saw this weekend list of To-Do’s as a challenge.

If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.

What did you do this weekend?

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