By Kevin Lo, College ‘16
One of the last things that many of us want to do is to wake up early on a Saturday morning, especially after a night out celebrating the grand occasion of a Friday night. But, that’s what a group of brothers did on October 26th. Seeing a bunch of guys, clearly not yet awake from their slumber, trudge through the cold morning to the front gates at 9 AM was an interesting, and somewhat impressive, sight. We boarded a dangerously large van and hydrated—to replenish for the night prior and to prepare for the events upcoming. This was all in preparation for a hike coordinated by Christian Chung (SFS ’15) at the I-can’t-believe-it-is-only-twenty-minutes-away-from-Georgetown Great Falls Park.
After a van ride of failed attempts at sleep and some brothers refusing to allow dormancy by blasting music, we arrived at the unbelievably scenic Great Falls Park in Virginia. Though the hike started as almost unbearably cold for a Californian like me, it became beautiful as the day progressed.
On the hike, in addition to the beautiful scenery, we saw amazing things that allowed us to change our thinking for the better. First, as we were surprised by the challenging terrain of the trail and subsequently moved slower than anticipated, we saw a 60ish-year old woman traversing through the boulders without a problem. She seemed so full-of-life and at ease that it made us realize that a hike with friends really is not the worst thing that could happen. Second, we saw a man with disabilities with crutches make his way through the very same path we took. Enough said.
One of the most important things we strive for in SigEp is personal growth through self-reflection, and in a bustling environment such as D.C. and Georgetown, it is sometimes very difficult to take a step back from life and to contemplate the events and happenings in our life. Every year, we organize multiple events designed to give us the opportunity to do the reflection that is so important in a person’s development. Surrounded by nature that was incomprehensibly beautiful, brothers were able to escape from their clubs, internships, social commitments, and academics to just relax and contemplate. For myself, I—as I often do during a time of reflection—thought about how lucky I was to be in the position I was in. To be at Georgetown and to be surrounded by men that I know will be my true friends for life, I sincerely appreciated where life has taken me. Life often seems to be going at a break-neck pace and SigEp has always provided a comfortable shelter whenever needed; this hike and bonding was no different.
Oh yeah, the tradition of going to Chick-fil-a with any excuse available was nice too.