By: Christopher "Coloring Book" Winn | MI #211 | Beta Kappa Candidate Class
To me, ritual is so much more than something that you recite a few times each semester. It is a feeling, a process, and something that you can experience over and over again. I still look back on my candidate ceremony when I was a first year student having no idea the impact that Sigma Nu would have on the rest of my life. Those ideals and beliefs became the guiding principles of my life, not because I wanted to adapt to the belief system of Sigma Nu, but because those beliefs had always been a part of me.
The ritual served as the catalyst for me to turn beliefs into action. Being removed from college for a few years now, I still get goosebumps when recite the ritual or visit for any ceremonies. In my opinion, if you don't get goosebumps, you have done it wrong.This feeling is meant to remind us of a greater purpose and to challenge us to be forever developing with the guiding principles of love, honor, and truth in mind.