Why Sigma Chi?
The Iota Lambda Chapter of Sigma Chi excels in many areas including academics, brotherhood, intramurals sports, and service, and recruits men who will play an active role in helping our chapter improve even further. We recruit men who like to "work hard, play harder", while making the best grades, playing an active role in the fraternity, campus, and community, and having the time of their lives. Essentially, we strive to be the best at everything, and our record speaks for itself.
I joined Greek Life because I wanted to be apart of something larger than myself. I wanted a group that I knew that I could count on to push me to work harder, do more, and accomplish my goals. Sigma Chi has given me much more than I initially expected. It's given me leadership skills that have allowed me to flourish in many positions. It has pushed me to grow and ultimately become a better man and a step closer to who I want to become. Other people should rush because the Greek community, especially at UofL, will not only push you to try new things and become a better person but will also offer a caring support network and help create a unique and valuable college experience.
When I came to Louisville I had absolutely zero ideas of what I wanted to do with my life and I did not know anybody in Louisville. I always knew I wanted to rush but never knew which Fraternity. On the first day of Rush, I walked into the backyard of Sigma Chi and met Kyle Hennies (Vice President) & Jacob Lamping (Active Brother and Housing Chair). I knew then and there that Sigma Chi was the Fraternity for me. The way that these two carried themselves was just simply incredible. While they were both brothers of the same Fraternity, they were two completely different personalities. Both wanted to be successful, but had their own way of "making it". After hearing the passion and sincerity in their voices for the way they spoke about their Brothers, Themselves, and Sigma Chi I knew I had to get in on the action. After receiving a bid and pledging the Fraternity I initiated after eight weeks with some of the best friends I could have ever asked. I am alway proud, to be a Sigma Chi.
One of the many reasons I decided to join Greek life, let alone Sigma Chi, was that I wanted to explore my networking opportunities and have a sense of community on campus away from home, even though I'm from Louisville. The funny thing is that I really did not consider going Greek at all until the week right before Welcome Week my freshman year. As a minority growing up in a very strict household, I had many reservations about joining an organization that is predominantly white. I had the stereotypical view of fraternity life as just of bunch of entitled kids who drink too much and haze each other every weekend; however, I owe it to Peter Thai - an alumnus of our Chapter who graduated in 2018 - who enlightened me and convinced me otherwise.
An ideal that we largely pride ourselves on in Sigma Chi is "different temperaments, talents, and convictions." As someone who wanted to challenge myself academically, socially, and intellectually, I do not think there has been one greater organization on campus that has accomplished that more for me than any other. I can confidently say that the most impactful experiences I have had in college all relate back to Sigma Chi and continually motivate me to become the best version of myself. While college is largely and arguably a time to be selfish for the benefit of learning more about oneself, I'm beyond proud to associate myself with a group of gentlemen who I know to be the some of the most selfless people that I have the pleasure of calling my brothers.