Ruck Leadership Institute is one of the many leadership continuums brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon get the pleasure of taking part in. This summer, Ohio Gamma is proud to have sent two of our brothers, Daniel Bordenkircher and Josh Wolfe. These brothers traveled to the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia to learn about their own leadership style, meet brothers from around the country, and have some fun. Below is a testimonial from Josh about his experience at Ruck. The chapter is excited to see how these brothers’ experiences will impact the chapter next semester.
Why did you apply for Ruck?
1) I heard that it was an amazing, life-changing opportunity and decided to throw my hat in the ring so that even if I did not end up getting selected, I still gave myself the chance to be part of something incredible.
What was your favorite part about Ruck?
2) Definitely the ropes course. That two hours up on the towers taught the rest of the group and myself so much about communication, teamwork, trust, and of course, leadership. I remember one of the guys in my group always being one of the last to go so no one felt left behind and always had someone to balance on.
What is one key takeaway you will be bringing back to the chapter?
3) One key takeaway I had was that it does not take much to get to know someone. Vulnerability and authenticity go a long way when first meeting people. Our facilitators started off the week by having us remember the idea of being in a room with “22 strangers.” By the end of the four days, I felt like I was in a room full of my close friends and that it was crazy how only 72 hours earlier, I had known nothing about anyone around me.