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Why SigEp?

Everyone is nervous about how they will fit in socially once they get to college. It’s incredibly daunting to go to a new place, with new people, away from home. I can remember wondering how I would find my group of friends, and wondering if I could ever replicate the friendships I had made over my 18 years in New York. I’m happy to tell you, though, that you have nothing to worry about; eventually, you’ll find your niche at Georgetown, whether it’s with SigEp, or one of the other amazing organizations on campus.

When I got to school, I knew I was in Darnall, and I had heard that people in that dorm got really close, but other than that I knew nothing about the social life here at Georgetown. In terms of a larger friend group, I was lost. Would it come together organically? Would I have to seek it out? Where would I find it? I asked myself these questions constantly the first week of school. And then I got an invite to the first rush event. A barbecue on the front lawn. I won’t pretend that I wasn’t nervous. I immediately started talking myself out of going, saying that I wouldn’t like them and that they wouldn’t like me, and that it wasn’t worth taking time out of my day. Luckily, my roommate convinced me to go.

I can say without a doubt that going to that barbecue was the best decision I made at Georgetown. Within minutes I felt a bond among the brothers on that lawn. It was immediately clear how much they liked each other; how much fun they had together. This was the group I was looking for. I decided right there that I had to rush.

I can barely imagine what my Freshman year would have been like if I didn’t rush. I never a reason to be scared about finding friends or finding plans. Whether it’s just a couple guys to play Fifa with, or get-togethers every weekend, I’m never without a place to go. Even more than that, I have made friends now in almost every other group on campus, through my connections in SigEp. I am living with 4 of my best friends next year, all from my pledge class. Sigma Phi Epsilon is a unique group at this school. I can tell you that no matter who you are, it is worth at least giving rush a try; you might just find your brothers like I found mine.

Sam Silverman, College Class of ’20

New Student Guide, SigEp Blog

Five Tips for Add/Drop Week

Navigating the first week of college can be difficult. Coming off of NSO, meetings with RAs, and dozens of lectures in the ICC about all of the different aspects of college life makes you feel ready to start class, but there are a few tools for navigating Add/Drop and course selection that make your entire first work seem easier.

  1. Don’t be afraid to shop classes. Huge lectures will be relatively introductory the first week, so if there’s a smaller lecture or seminar you’re interested in that meets at the same time, see if one of your friends is also taking the big lecture and meet up with them afterwards to see what it was like. Going to smaller lectures earlier on is important for getting a seat in the course, because you can often walk up to the professor at the end of the class and request an add/drop into the class, even if it’s full on MyAccess.
  2. Friday recitations aren’t (usually) difficult to change, and can mess up signing up for another class that meets on Fridays. If you want to try and switch recitations to take another course, just email your professor and explain the issue. More likely than not, they’re fine having an extra person or two in a given Friday recitation.
  3. Use the course evaluation tool on MyAccess. Everyone touts RateMyProfessor as the best tool, but often, it’s the most extreme reviews on either end; students that strongly disliked the professor, or students that loved the professor. The course evaluation tool on MyAccess has more data, more questions, and is quantitative. Plus, you can see historicals for all the semesters a given course has been taught. To see it, just click on “Course Evaluation” when you’re on a given course’s page.
  4. If you’re not into the core requirements, cross-list. Regardless of the school you’re in, you’ll find a pretty lengthy list of required courses you’ll need to complete before you graduate. Many of you won’t take major classes until even the end of your sophomore year. If you’re daunted by the core, consider cross listing your requirements to bang two out for the course-space of one. To do so, on MyAccess in the schedule search, select a given core requirement in the “fulfills requirement for” menu, scroll down to the X-List menu, and choose the department or requirement you’d like to double up with. Common cross lists include Theology/Philosophy, HALC/Philosophy, HALC/Diversity, and more.
  5. Don’t be afraid to take electives. Most students will take 12 course majors, maybe a 6 course minor, and require a 14-16 course core curriculum. That still leaves you with 6 courses of free space, and that’s just to fulfill the 40 required courses to graduate, which many students surpass. Some students choose to take all six of those electives later on, but throwing one in your first semester can be a nice way to expose yourself to an area of interest you don’t plan on majoring in.

Eric Jubber, College Class of ’20

Recruitment, SigEp Blog

Rush Guide Fall 2017

Be sure to join our fall 2017 rush Facebook event by clicking here.

SigEp’s recruitment process is atypical for a fraternity. This blog post is meant to show first, how the recruitment process goes; second, what we look for; and third, why it’s different.

Most fraternities follow a simple vote-with majority rule, where after a series of events, all the guys will congregate and simply vote for prospective brothers, deciding whether or not to accept them. Here at Georgetown SigEp, we do things differently. Instead, we have an eight-person recruitment board, headed by the Vice President of Recruitment, and voted on by the whole fraternity. They represent the eighty brothers in the chapter, and decide together on the new class for a given semester. These eight brothers attend every rush event, and work to get to know every rush on a personal level. We’ve found that this is a very effective strategy; these eight brothers can make deeper connections than the entire fraternity, and make sure that every bid we give out is a good fit.

In addition to the Recruitment Board members, the opinion of the entire chapter guides us to our decision as well. We listen to stories from non-board members about specific prospects in open deliberations, so that every brother’s voice can be heard. After an info session and a few rush events, the recruitment board works with the entire fraternity to do first round cuts; a few more rush events happen, and then the recruitment board works together to decide on the prospective class.

What do we look for? In a sentence, all the brothers in SigEp care about developing themselves as people. There’s no one-size-fits-all, but the we pride ourselves on being social students who are looking to improve ourselves and our community. It’s a little bit of a cliche answer, but it’s true. We have brothers from all manner of different backgrounds, and we have brothers pursue all kinds of different careers. The one piece of advice for a rush? Be yourself. Don’t fake your personality, because we’ll be able to tell. Don’t try and be the loudest one in the room if you’re used to being a bit more shy, and don’t try and “get your time with the board.” If you come to the events, we’ll make the effort to get to know you. Check us out in Red Square during syllabus week, stop by our table at the activities fair, and come to our info session. It can be hard to open up to people, but rush is as much about you making sure that you feel you fit in with us.

SigEp nationally holds the motto “This Fraternity Will Be Different.” At Georgetown, we’re forced to be; we don’t have permission to be university-recognized, so we make our name known in other ways. We’re in the capital of the country, and keep ourselves busy in this kickass city by giving back in different ways. We’re more unique and, to many, the perfect substitute for the typical fraternity that Georgetown doesn’t support.

If you’re interested in rushing SigEp or learning more, check out our recruitment page to meet the board, and look back for updates on our Fall 2017 rush schedule, and as always, reach out to em1087@georgetown.edu if you’ve got questions.

Eric Menna, VP of Recruitment, SFS Class of 2018