I joined Sigma Phi Epsilon to follow my father’s footsteps as he was a SigEp at North Carolina State University in the late 1980s. Noticing the quality men in my father’s fraternity made it easier to want to join the well-respected organization. Not only are his brothers there for whenever he needs them, they are usually some of the first people he contacts when dealing with legal issues, financial assistance or other business-related topics. Fortunately, I was able to make my own decision as to what fraternity to pick, with the exception to a few on campus.
One of my goals before beginning college was to find a fraternity that is full of highly motivated individuals looking to better themselves and others around them. SigEp was a perfect fit as they make academic success a priority. I am a big believer that having a competitive environment can bring the best out of a person. In SigEp, there is a group of pre-law students that I might work with in the future or even against in the courtroom. Building those relationships and having trust with the same people can become very beneficial in my career.
After I receive my bachelors’ degree and move on from the SigEp fraternity, I want to say that I did everything I set out to accomplish with no regrets. I want to have lifelong friends and strong relationships just like my father. Continuing the LA Beta Chapter’s legacy for future classes to come is something I take pride in. Our balanced man program helps ensure good men become great.
If the upperclassmen can keep telling new SigEp members how important the Balanced Man Program is, then we will see the chapter surpass our goals and aspirations. As a junior, I feel it is essential to serve as that role model to the freshman by approaching situations in a more mature and responsible manner. Going through the Sigma, Phi, and Epsilon portions of the challenge has enabled me to feel more confident about presenting my resume, tying a tie and approaching an interview.
The SigEp organization makes everyone feel like they are in a family. Even though I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, which is an eight-hour drive away, I felt at home after I walked through the front red door at SigEp. Having Clark Price, a current senior in LA Beta, come to my house the summer before my first semester showed the great quality of men that were in the fraternity. I am glad that Clark let me know about the challenges of his freshman year at LSU and how to approach those situations, and that sort of dedication exemplifies what Sigma Phi Epsilon is all about.
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.