Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2022 @ 12:24 PM
by Meghan Kalenborn
ORLANDO, Fla. – Fraternity and Sorority life means different things to different people. People may join for a plethora of reasons, but they all leave with much more here at the University of Central Florida.
Quinn Barber is a Computer Science major at UCF and the winner of the Dwight C. Adams Endowed Scholarship for Spring 2022. He is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, which is under the Interfraternity Council (IFC). When asked about what receiving this scholarship meant to him and what the Greek community has provided him, Quinn discussed his experience.
What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?
“Receiving this scholarship means a great deal to me. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provided wonderful opportunities to students ever since I arrived here at UCF and got involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life. It has definitely inspired me to keep more of an eye out for the postings and applications that they put out, even over summer where I spend most of my time on independent projects that aren’t involved with UCF.”
What have you learned from your organization?
“In my organization, I have learned to truly uphold the standards of being a gentleman. I have personally felt like I have always been a person who tends to be selfish and try to look out for myself, however, Sigma Alpha Epsilon has taught me that working together with other people as a unit can provide amazing opportunities and fun. I have dedicated more of myself every day to look after other people when they may be down, to see if I can help make their day better.”
What are the values of your organization? How have they appeared to you day to day?
“The values of Sigma Alpha Epsilon include but are not limited to brotherhood, philanthropy, and kindness. Day to day I see my fraternity brothers looking out for not only each other, but other organizations and charities. Giving to those in need and providing help for as many people as possible is something SAE has taught me.”
What is a common stereotype in FSL that you believe is far from the truth and why?
“A common stereotype in Greek life is that it is only for fun and to socialize, The truth is a deeper meaning behind it all. On the outside it may seem like all we do is have fun together, but we do it in ways that could make the world a better place. There are countless events throughout the school year that are at their core fundraisers for charities to help people in need. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a large supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network.”
In what ways do you feel like you are not the typical “fraternity guy”? (Hobbies, Characteristics)
“I have found I am not the typical Fraternity guy in the sense I have more nerdy characteristics. I tend to spend my time on computers and with technology due to my career path and it is definitely uncommon within FSL. However, I have found many friends who can relate and also have a lot of hobbies that I share with a majority of my brothers, such as going to the beach, working out, and watching sports.”
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