Out of high school I came to LSU looking to establish new friendships and to get away from the “high school 2.0” situation where most kids from your town go to the same school. I knew that I wanted to come to LSU since I was four years old, and I didn’t even apply to any other schools. I had never thought about joining Greek life in the past and still was unsure if I could handle being involved in Greek life while also earning a high GPA. I had heard about the SigEp Balanced Man Scholarship through a friend of mine that applied for it, and I decided to give it a shot.
This scholarship, unlike most, isn’t just given out to the high school seniors with the highest GPA’s, but instead it focuses on rewarding the most “balanced man.” It requires several interviews with the current chapter members as well as a few social events where applicants can meet the chapter. To my surprise, I really enjoyed being around the guys in the chapter, and I saw SigEp as a place to make new friends and to call home for my next four years. SigEp offers many opportunities for members to become involved in philanthropy and in intramural sports, and staying active and giving back to the community are very important values to me. They also consistently had the highest GPA on campus and offered academic advisors in each individual major to help with scheduling or studying. I’m now a junior Kinesiology student with a focus in Physical Therapy and am double minoring in business and psychology.
Three years later, my views about SigEp have not changed. I’ve made some of my best friends in this chapter, and I’ve made several connections with people in my field, including my current boss who helps with the rehabilitation of professional athletes. Also, I am still very active and healthy. The values that SigEp aims to instill in its members are done wholeheartedly with the goal that every member will succeed. The Balanced Man Program gives a blueprint for success, and it has helped me pave a clear, efficient path for both what I want to accomplish in school and in my career.
Within the next year, I will be taking the GRE to apply for PT school, and I know that without SigEp, I wouldn’t be as prepared or feel as confident as I do today. I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that the LA Beta chapter has given me to be involved and further my academic success, as well as the friendships and brothers for life that I have made. In my next and final year at LSU, I will look back at the fond memories I’ve made in this chapter, but I will also continue to use the resources that SigEp has given me to finish my degree and be successful in my next step in life.
If you or someone you know would be interested in joining SigEp to start your own Why SigEp? journey, please follow the Membership Interest link. Otherwise, alumni and friends can follow the Refer a Brother link to connect potential new members with the chapter.