In the fall of 2016, I decided that I wanted to go Greek. I decided to rush Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity here on CMU’s campus. When going through the process, I did not know what to expect, but joining SAE has truly impacted my life in ways that could not be explained.
Soon after joining SAE, I knew that I was joining a brotherhood. Never have I ever had a solid group of 40+ guy friends in my life. SAE has shattered all stereotypes regarding “fake friends.” Not only are the members of my fraternity my brothers, but they are my friends, friends that are there in times of good and in times of bad. Genuine friends, friends that cannot be bought or bargained for. I can genuinely say that I can see multiple members of my fraternity standing up in my wedding. During my first semester, I was elected to serve as the Member Educator, and currently sit on my fraternity’s executive board. Following the Member Educator position, I was elected President of SAE in the Fall of 2017. If someone would have told me that I would have been president after three semesters of a fraternity, I would have told them that they were crazy. But here I am. I lead a group of 49 of the most genuine and respectful leaders here on campus, and I could not be prouder of my organization.
I have learned many things from joining SAE and later getting elected to the executive board. Greek Life in general gets knocked for “partying” and what not, but Greek Life instills a sense of community into each of its members. Being in Greek life has also made me think more about others than myself and has created a great sense of camaraderie between all groups within the community. The world today has become selfish. People don’t think about others as much anymore. Philanthropy is begged for rather than simply given. This is a problem. People in the world need a helping hand sometimes, and one must reach out to give support. After joining my fraternity, I can truly say that I am dedicated to helping those who cannot help themselves through philanthropy and service. Each day I attempt to achieve my why statement: “Inspire others to protect and serve communities that cannot protect themselves.” My involvements in Greek Life have contributed to allowing me to indeed serve the communities around me. Being elected President has made me grow up… very quickly. As the President, it is my job to ensure that all brothers are accounted for and each brother of mine remains safe throughout their stay in SAE. I am truly honored to have been entrusted the role as president in my fraternity and have been putting my heart and soul into the job. After almost four semesters in my fraternity, I can say that I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have had to make tough calls as a leader, I have upset some people, I have made some bad decisions, and I have lost friends. There has been some negative, but I feel that I have truly grown as an individual, and as a leader. I have had good days, and I have had bad. In my opinion, the good days outweigh the bad. Be true.