Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Officially a new member

                If you've been tracking my Greek life recruitment process, you've known that I got an invitation to become a new member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). After last Thursday September 12th, I am now officially on track to be initiated into SΑΕ. I, along with 17 other guys attended our New Member Ceremony.

What does this entail you may ask? This was a commemoration to officially name us, 18 men, as new members. We can officially embark on our journey to know and fully understand the values and creed of the True Gentleman that represents Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company; a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”
- John Walter Wayland. Virginia, 1899
It was a publicly held ceremony at the library room 401 where friends and family were welcomed to see this ritual.

This was a ceremonious validation that we were true and loyal to SAE and that we made the right intention in wanting to become fully initiated members in the future.

New Member Class Nu
Throughout the event, I could feel a sense of belonging as I was ecstatic to be a part of something meaningful. This chapter was founded in 1856 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. An organization this old, upheld by the same traditions and values over a century, creates a sense of pride in being affiliated. 

Greek life was never my intent, but after meeting a few members, I could feel that there was a sense of friendship that is elevated as you belong to a brotherhood; all coming together under one organization where you share similar experiences. I haven’t started learning the core values of this brotherhood yet but I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life!

If Greek life sounds like something you would like to join, there is spring recruitment next semester so be sure to keep a look out for that!

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