Thank you to Henry Litman ’12 for participating in this Q&A.

Why did you join SAE? 
I wasn't exactly planning to join a fraternity. At first I went to rush events just for the free dinner. At the first rush event, I met a guy Adam Bloch that I really saw myself becoming friends with. I figured that, if the other SAEs were like him, this would probably be a good place for me. Adam ended up becoming my big and is still one of my best friends, even though he has graduated. I am an only child, and the opportunity to have "brothers" for the first time in my life really appealed to me. When I got my bid, I just couldn't say no to it.

What is your best SAE memory? 
Man, I can't put my finger on just one. This has been the experience of a lifetime. If I had to put my finger on just a few memories: My first golf night, every big-little night, 80s party and having chapter dinner every night with my brothers.  

How have you been involved in the house?
Most recently, I was Eminent Archon. I have a unique talent for making chapter meetings really long and uninteresting.  I also used to be alumni chairman. I was actually the worst alumni chairman in recent memory. I hosted the second annual alumni beer die tournament (The first one was an unbelievable success and one of my best memories at Penn). The problem is we got in a little bit of trouble with the university right before the event and we weren't able to hold it at the chapter house. As a result, only one alum came. Thank you, Sean Steinmarc

How has your experience living in house been? 
I lived in the house sophomore year and second semester of junior year. I loved it! The chapter house is like no other place that I know. I'm pretty sure that more fun things have happened under the watch of those lions than in any other place in the known universe. 

How would your life be different if you never joined SAE? 
I sure wouldn't have as many friends! I also think that I would be a less confident person. Being in a fraternity really forces you to be part of a community. I think that community bonds can be really weak in college. It is easy to cruise through your four years, because you aren't really accountable to anyone for the first time in your life. Being in SAE changed that. You have a strong community, and you have to find your place in that community in order for it to thrive. It’s a good feeling, to be a part of something like that. I needed SAE, and SAE needed me. I think it gave me confidence to be myself in other situations.
What other activities are you involved with on campus? 
I am a member of the Parliamentary Debate Team, a tutor at the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project and a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society. 

What has been the best part of your SAE experience? 
Pledging and being President. The two bookends, I guess. 

What advice would you give to younger brothers at Penn Theta? 

Love every minute of your time here. Every second at this place is worth treasuring. It’s great. Also, don't settle. If you want something, do what it takes to get it. In my experience, putting yourself out there a little bit can make a huge difference. Also, go to Negril, Jamaica and jump off the cliff at Rick's Cafe. 

Have you had any direct experience with your alumni?  If so, what was the best part about it? 

Yes, I love it when alumni come back. Most of our alumni are actually really cool guys and fun to hang out with. Homecoming is always fun because guys come back with their families. I like it because I can usually sort of envision what they were like at Penn, and I like to see how life changes at the next step. Things change a lot, but you can always see a good amount of SAE in there. And a lot of them are really good friends. It makes me feel better about graduating; knowing that even as I get older some things won't change. 

Why is it important for alumni to remain connected with the active chapter?
First, we need the support. Second, I have a feeling that a lot of alumni have lost touch with some great friends. The active chapter is a great way to stay in touch with those guys. We are always ready to hang out with alumni, and people get back in touch at chapter all the time! If SAE meant anything to you in college, it’s probably worth coming back to visit now and then. I promise no one ever regrets it!

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