This is a guest post by Isaac Chavez from Kappa Xi Chapter at Tarleton State University and is the 2nd guest post we’ve posted about recruitment week. Thank you Isaac for sharing your recruitment experience.
I’m sure every Sigma Chi brother has their own amazing recruitment story. After all, it’s because we saw something special during rush that we all decided to pledge Sigma Chi over all the other organizations on campus. Where does a high school senior start? There are the big guys: UT, Texas A&M, Texas Tech… but not to be forgotten were University of North Texas in Denton, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and St. Edwards in Austin. I got some information from a little heard of university – Tarleton State – at a recruitment fair. They seemed on the up and up, but my academic adviser in high school actually warned me against TSU because of the small minority population and “small minded Texans”.
Being a progressive city boy who hates to be told that I can’t overcome adversity, I decided to check out the campus for myself. I’m not sure if it was the small town environment, the nice scholarship offer, or the amazing hospitality that first drew me in, but after a campus visit, there was no other choice for me. Tarleton State University it is.
Tarleton was far enough from home to spread my wings, but close enough for parental approval. My adviser was right: but there were only a handful of minorities at TSU. Guys from the dorm were all talking about Rush, but I had no clue or concept of what they were talking about. They talked me into it and we went as a group, I guess there is power in numbers. After checking out Lambda Chi, Kappa Delta Rho, Delta Chi, we came to the Sigma Chi Omega room. They were smart, didn’t focus on girls, drinking, or partying. They explained they had the highest GPA among the fraternities. I felt like there was more substance to their presentation. It drew me in and it seemed I fit in well with the Sigma Chi Omegas. They seemed to have more substance than the other groups at Rush. So, after much contemplation, I rushed and got a Bid from Sigma Chi Omega.
As it turns out they were a petitioning local chapter to Sigma Chi. As a freshman who had just pledged, the terms “petitioning local” meant nothing to me, but I was told things were about to get much better than they are now. So, after my pledge period and Sigma Chi Omega initiation, I turned into paperwork master. There’s so much work involved in becoming a Sigma Chi chapter, and we all worked hard to make it happen. We actually obtained our charter faster than it had ever been done before (at the time) and became the Kappa Xi chapter of Sigma Chi on 9/26/06. I’m a charter member of the chapter. My parents came to the banquet put on by the Fraternity/University and instantly became fans. Thankfully, they paid my Sigma Chi dues thanks to a personal conversation they had with Dick Hester, Grand Consul at the time.
The friends I made will last a lifetime. They extend all over the USA. Sigma Chi taught me confidence, taught me composure, and after serving on IFC board, it taught me great negotiation skills. All of the above helped my professional life and have groomed me into what I am today. To any gentlemen asking themselves “Should I rush”, the simple answer is Yes! Is Sigma Chi for everyone? No. But we’re smart enough to realize each individual is comprised of different temperaments, talents, and convictions, and if they align with our vision, we welcome you with open arms.
Tarleton State University ’00
Kappa Xi Chapter – #32
Isaac once again thanks for sharing your story and helping begin a new chapter at Tarleton State University.
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