Calvin Nguyen

"I found myself finally realizing my passion of helping others in everything I do."

Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) is a social fraternity that has been on campus since 1918. SigEp is full of gentlemen who strive to become the best men that they can be through virtue, diligence and brotherly love: the balanced man.

Email: shieljam@oregonstate.edu

Website: Oregon State University Sigma Phi Epsilon 

 

Who can join? Why join?

Anyone is able to rush Sigma Phi Epsilon. Every year, we do official fall recruitment with organized daily events for the biggest bulk of rushees coming through Oregon State. However, we are constantly recruiting throughout the year, always looking to find more good men to join our family.

How did you get involved?

I came to college thinking I wasn’t going to rush a fraternity, but when it came to Rush Week, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to check some houses out. SigEp was one of the last fraternities that I visited, and I immediately felt connected and at home.

What is your best memory?

In general, I’d have to say that my favorite memories of this place are when we are all together as a house, whether it be doing community, Greek life or brotherhood activities. Every individual in this house is so involved with other extracurricular activities, academics and life’s preoccupations, and it gets hard at times for everyone to show up to events. However, when there are the moments when we all come together as a brotherhood and experience something as one, it is one of the best experiences you will ever have. We all love hanging out with each other—it’s like having 150 of your best friends all in the same place.

What is the community like?

This is more of a family than a community. Whenever you want to hang out with anybody, there will always be someone there to sit down and play video games, go to a basketball game or go to the golf course to get a good round in. On top of just the companionship, we all care about each other, take the time out of our days to make sure someone is doing okay and push each other to become the better men that we all strive to be.

When did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?

I tend to be outgoing in new situations, so I’ve always felt a sense of belonging here at OSU. But the moment when I felt like I was a part of something lifelong was when I got my bid from SigEp. Knowing that I had a group of 150 brothers supporting me and happy for me to join their family really set the happy tone for myself at the university. The biggest thing I appreciated right off the bat about the house was how warm and welcoming everyone was to the recruits. I knew that they all genuinely didn’t think of themselves as better than us, which was rare to find in certain situations like recruitment.

How have you grown from being involved?

I attribute SigEp for evolving me into a better version of myself and being the main reason for my success at Oregon State. On a personal level, being around men who consistently hold themselves to a higher standard than what is asked of them was a huge reality check. I realized that in every interaction with others, I want to act in the way that will make their life better in some way. One of the biggest parts for me was the organization pushing me to find my passion in life. Seeing all of my brothers having their own, I found myself finally realizing my passion of helping others in everything I do. This has helped me land in a very happy job right now of caregiving at a local assisted living facility, and I am confident that I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the beliefs and principles that SigEp instilled within me.