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
A new initiative that we at SigEp Georgetown are starting is uploading summaries of the Epsilon presentations given by some of the leaders of the fraternity. The diversity of subject matter speaks to the wide breadth of extracurricular engagements in which Georgetown SigEps are involved, but also the caliber of men who comprise the fraternity.
I am a Senior in the MSB double-majoring in Finance and Management and minoring in Psychology. I am also on the Men’s Golf team. Real estate has been part of the conversation in my life for as long as I can remember. In fact, it’s in my blood. My Dad has a built a 30-year career in real estate services. Throughout his career, he touched every area of commercial real estate; development, agency leasing, acquisitions, tenant representation, capital markets and then finishing his career in tenant representation. My Dad’s brother (my uncle) also built a career as a real estate developer and investor in Texas. Their father owned a portfolio of real estate investments. I always felt comfortable knowing that commercial real estate was one of the potential paths I could enter post-graduation but I was certainly open to other things.
In reality, like most kids, I had no idea what my true passions were when I was a freshman. I didn’t even know what people on Wall Street did until Junior year when all of my friends were putting more hours into networking with the banks than their school work. In my own head, I never made the logical to step to say “this is why I want to give banking a try…”. Thus, my guiding principle as I entered the job search phase of my life was simply to marry my skills with my interests. In that search, I found commercial real estate to be the right space for me (my interest) and taking it a step further, I wanted to use my finance education (my skill) to start my career. Consequently, I have dedicated myself to finding opportunities within real estate capital markets. This is considered a somewhat niche area to start a career in real estate.
It is quite humbling to be in SigEp at Georgetown. As I look back on my four years here I think of all the amazing clubs, groups and passions brothers had in addition to being great members of this fraternity. Now, I am excited to keep in touch with everyone as I am sure many brothers will be accomplishing astounding things in the coming years.
McDonough School of Business
Class of 2017
Happy New Year to all! It’s been a fantastic year for the DC Gamma chapter of SigEp, and for this we are grateful. We’ve added many new brothers, watched last year’s seniors excel into a vast array of fields after graduation, and have grown as a chapter into a stronger, more potent group. This past semester seemed to fly by, yet the gains we were able to achieve were by no means abbreviated. We celebrated the year at our Christmas party and at our end of semester formal. The Christmas party was put on by our recent Sigma class and saw the reintroduction of an old tradition. With a gift exchange, a Christmas tree, and an appearance from a sad semblance of Santa, it was a great night. Our formal also was a tremendous success. At an event held at the Huxley, a venue in DuPont, brothers managed to succeed in securing dates and came together for what turned into an awesome night. Overall, it was a great way to put an end to the semester. Best wishes for all in the New Year.