Rising sophomore, Torin Di Salvo ’18, recently became an Eagle Scout. We sat down with Torin for a brief Q&A to learn more about the process and how SAE helped to prepare him:

What did you have to do to become an Eagle Scout?

There is an extensive list of requirements that must be fulfilled in order to reach Eagle Scout. These involve climbing through the lower ranks in Boy Scouts, planning and executing a service project, and holding leadership positions within the troop.

What does an Eagle Scout do exactly?

Because I am 18, I am no longer eligible to be a youth Boy Scout, so the short answer is pretty much nothing. However, having joined the Eagle Scout order, I am pledged to a life that values the principals of the Boy Scout Oath and Law. I also participate in my local troop as an adult leader and mentor.

How has SAE helped to prepare you for being an Eagle Scout?

As a fraternity, a huge aspect of SAE is student run and organized. This has helped me to develop a sense of responsibility that I previously had no reason to possess. Similarly, the final leg of becoming an Eagle Scout is almost completely independent. Planning and executing a significant service project is the duty of the scout, and having that experience was a large reason why I was able to complete the requirement.

If you could go back and tell your younger self anything, what would it be?

If there is anything I could tell my younger self, it's that everything you are doing is practice for the future. In the time since I joined SAE, I have had to operate in capacities from event planning to house maintenance. Almost every club, team or organization I joined as a kid has provided me with experience that I can build off of now. My advice would be to embrace the weird things you do and always look at things as a learning opportunity.

Do you have any advice for any of your brothers?

The only advice I have for my brothers is to keep working to maintain SAE as the best fraternity in the country. 

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