Essay by ryananderson448College, Undergraduate October 2014

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Ryan Anderson

Regardless of where you are in life, the importance of being on time is vital to success and higher achievement. If you're not on time, how anyone is supposed to take you seriously when regarding imperative events or meetings is beyond me. The importance of being on time, ESPECIALLY to events in relation to Pi Kappa Alpha is beyond monumental. For instance, how is anyone within a brotherhood supposed to believe that you are fully committed to their fraternity if you can't even manage to be on time to simple things like weekly meetings?

The habit of being prompt extends into everything: meeting friends, paying debts, going to church, reaching and leaving place of business, keeping promises, retiring at night and rising in the morning, going to the lecture and town-meeting, and, indeed, to every relation and act, however trivial it may seem to observers. Being punctual strengthens and reveals your integrity.

If you tell a brother that you will meet them at a certain time, you have essentially made them a promise. And if you say you'll be there at 8:00, and yet arrive at 8:15, you have essentially broken that promise. Being on time shows others that you are a man of your word. Being punctual shows you are dependable. A man can always be found at his post, carrying out the duties needful for that time. People know they can rely on such a man - if he says he will be there, he'll be there. But if a man is not punctual, others cannot depend on him; they do not know where he will be when they need him. His pledge brothers will begin to feel he cannot organize his own time, and these doubts will seep into matters beyond the clock, as it...