We have heard Martin Bernard’s story, but now we get to here the story of a man that joined the Ohio Nu chapter before him. The man in question is our chemical engineering major Will Donzella. He and Martin have known each other since they started attending Cleveland State. There is much the world does not know about our brother that hails all the way from Chicago, Illinois. For starters, Will joined Ohio Nu a couple of weeks before Martin did in Fall 2016. The funny part about that is that Will had no intentions of joining a fraternity when he arrived at CSU. According to the man himself, “I thought very lowly of fraternities and sororities because I believed their values and morals were not that of my own.” Once at CSU, he realized that most of the students commuted, so making friends was not going to come by easy, even for a guy that is very approachable. However, he realized that he related most with the brothers of Ohio Nu, so he was on board to join. Due to certain mixed feelings at first from joining, Will started to distance himself, which resulted in him being absent for most of his first and second year of college. Will himself admits that, “That was a mistake cause I missed out on precious moments and memories.” This changed for his junior year. He realized that you have to put in to get something out, so that is when he learned to love everyone and understand more and more. Will became heavily involved and leaving his mark. He would go on to become the Vice President of Communications, Sound Body Chair, Risk Assessment Chair, and served on the communications committee. Since he is a chemical engineer, Will was flooded with work to do, and to Will’s own words, “I finally understood why other MechE’s and ChemE’s were nowhere to be found their last semesters in college.” He wishes that could have played out differently because he knows he missed many moments, but it made him cherish the moments he did get to have.
Will, second from the left, receiving his bid.
Will does however state that he would have not made it through college without the support of his Ohio Nu brothers. The relationships he made here will last a lifetime according to Will. He is not the kind of person that share his deepest secrets with anyone, including family, yet he had brothers that he grew comfortable enough to tell them which proves how close they really became.
The future looks bright for Will after graduation. He plans to one day work in the medical industry to develop medical technology to be able to help as many people as possible. His ideal living situation would be to continue living in Chicago right next to his best friend Hayden Frank and have a connecting pool. Once he is not deep into his work, you will be able to find Will on the basketball court, where he helped Ohio Nu win many intramural championships. He plans to visit every MLB stadium and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Will, very top, pictured with his family tree that stems from his Little Zach Harris.
For all future brothers, Will advises not to miss out on moments. He goes on to say that once they are gone, they are gone forever so stay as involved as possible. At the same time, do not overwhelm yourself but still put effort forth. Four years of college fly by so make the best memories out of them. Will knows he missed out on some, but he assures that being open-minded and trying new things will help to experience more. As far as college, he pleads not to screw around. He is not against having fun but to know what to prioritize. As Will states, “It’s easy to get lost in college, but utilize your brothers and let them guide you down the path you want to go.”
The humor of the brothers is what Will will miss the most. He went on to say, “So many of our brothers absolutely crack me up and there’s nothing like laughing hysterically with your best friends.” His all-time favorite Ohio Nu memory is the brother picnic during his sophomore year. He got to grill out, play games, and enjoy the time with brothers, which is one of Will’s favorite days of college.
Will playing in an intramural basketball game during the Fall 2019 season.
Will’s finishing remarks about Ohio Nu are, “The feeling of brotherhood is unmatched. It cannot be put into words. those who don’t know it yet are missing out. I’m going to miss each and every one of you guys so much. I love you 3000.” So to the man in Ohio Nu that most resembles Tony Stark and Justin Timberlake, there will be a huge hole left without you in this chapter. We wish you the best of luck in the future, and it is sad that you have to leave, but part of the journey is the end. We will always love you 3000, Will.