The True Meaning of the Balanced Man
August 31, 2011 - Gershon
Coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Freshmen are apt to either overestimate their abilities and become humbled by the rigorous standards staring at them or underestimate their abilities and become academically trepid. Four years ago, I was an example of the former fueled by the infamous second semester high school “senioritis.”
I learned very quickly that before I could succeed and grow, I would have to set forth on an intrapersonal journey in which I would challenge myself, not only academically, but also socially, physically, and culturally. In order to accomplish this, I would need the guidance of someone who had gone down this path; someone who would help me construct the base from which to grow. That guide lay in Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Sig Ep has been the greatest influences on my life. The system presented by the Balanced Man Program opened my eyes to the importance of a confluence of mind, body, and spirit. It pushed me to levels I never thought attainable. The basis of the Balanced Man Program lies in the concept of Sound Mind/Sound Body. Sig Ep believes that in order to succeed in life, one must be in top mental and physical shape for these are inseparable.
Sound Mind expanded my sense of intellectual curiosity: I went from an unwavering desire to be a medical doctor to majoring in international relations, and am now working for a startup tech firm in Silicon Valley on my way toward graduate studies in international diplomacy/ business.
Sound Body challenged me to push myself. I went from someone who despised running into a marathoner; from a junk-food junkie into a health-food fanatic.
Locally, one of the most amazing things about the Penn chapter of Sig Ep(Penn Delta) is our diversity. No other fraternity can claim to members from every habitable continent nor does another house have men who speak over twelve languages fluently. This constant mixing of cultures broadened me and taught me lessons that no classroom could.
Being a brother at Sigma Phi Epsilon has been a game-changer. The lessons I’ve learned, the friendships I’ve made, and the memories forged will last a lifetime. No matter where I end up, I will always have violet and dark red running through my veins.
University of Pennsylvania Class of 2011
Former President, Penn Delta
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