Simar Miglani - Kappa Sigma
While the public perception of fraternities shaped by the media primarily focuses on negative incidents, we know the positive value men gain from their fraternity experience is an often untold story. Showcasing our members provides the opportunity to bring to light the positive stories of fraternities here at UBC. Members of UBC Fraternities share personal stories about how their fraternity has provided support, engaged in them in service, helped them in their personal development, or enriched their lives in other ways.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Singapore
What year and field of study are you in?
I will be going into my third year at the Sauder School of Business with an intended specialisation in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
What types of jobs/positions do you hold within your fraternity, or out in the Vancouver community?
I currently hold the position as Social Chairmen within my fraternity which has sparked my passion for events management. As a result, I got involved with AMS Events as their Events Associate and founded the UBC Social Network, a platform that aims to be the bridge between the UBC community and Vancouver Nightlife, curating and organising events on and off campus. Outside campus, I work for Hyphy, a lifestyle brand that promotes art, music and entertainment throughout Vancouver.
Why did you decide to Go Greek?
I would be lying if said the initial attraction during Jumpstart had nothing to do with the social aspect but as the year started and I got to meet the brothers in the various other settings, it was evident that the greek system meant a lot more than just parties. I very quickly found a sense of belonging and a support system that I could rely on away from home. What sealed the deal for me was a speech by an alumni during my Formal Rush. He emphasised that there is no expectation to be best friends with every brother, but the mutual respect that stems from being a part of something that is bigger than yourself goes beyond 4 years of university, it is for life. This really appealed to me and I decided to take a chance on it, and I have zero regrets!
How has Greek Life at UBC and your fraternity impacted you?
Greek life has impacted me in more ways than I even know. Firstly, I've met people from all walks of life, some of whom I would have never ever crossed paths with. I can confidently say, I can travel to majority of the world and I will have a friend there to welcome me, waiting with open hands and a cold beer. Secondly, its allowed me to explore my passions in an extremely supportive environment that is constantly encouraging me to reach my potential whether it be academically or professionally. The connections I've made and opportunities I have been offered are invaluable and has really allowed me to push my boundaries. Lastly, I truly believe these are the moments I am going to be looking back on as the best years of my life. I've made lifelong friendships, found someone I can say I love and have grown tremendously as a person, all as a result of me taking a chance on the Greek system and I could not imagine my time in UBC any other way!
Any advice for potential new members during the rush process?
During Jumpstart, it is very easy to get stuck to a single fraternity. It's usually the first fraternity that you party in, and some people never find themselves leaving. My advice is to make sure you go out of your way to really check out every fraternity during rush season. Every fraternity has something to offer and its important that you go to the rush events with an open mind and ensure your passions, goals and interests are aligned with the fraternity you end up choosing! Don't be afraid to ask questions, be yourself but most importantly ENJOY the process!
To learn more about UBC Fraternities, check out our Information Session on Wednesday, September 4th, 201 from 6-10PM! More information to come.