When I first learned about Delta Sigma Pi, I thought it would be a good way to learn more about the field of business. As a sophomore in the College of Engineering, I found that I was not receiving the level of business acumen and exposure to the area I desired. What wasn’t obvious at first is that DSP not only allows you to excel in the traditional fields of business, but also equips you with the confidence and skills to pursue any career regardless of industry. I often look back on my time and realize some of my most valuable learning opportunities came through this fraternity, and that it was the perfect supplement to my undergraduate education at Cornell. There are so many moments in life, especially during recruiting, that college doesn’t prepare you for. Things ranging from what to wear to an interview to how to network for that dream job you want to even the most basic email etiquette. It wasn’t until senior year, when my other friends repeatedly asked for networking advice or for resume critiques, that I realized what a profound impact joining DSP as a sophomore had on my college career. It’s rare in life that you have a group of 50 people who devote nearly 3 months of their lives to helping you develop professionally and also gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. What was even more important than the professional development aspect, were the relationships that came from joining DSP. My pledge class remains to be a group of people I can depend on in any situation and some of my best friends. From wine tours at Cornell, to meeting up abroad, to hanging out now in the city, I know I will remain close with people in DSP for years to come. Cornell would have definitely been a good experience regardless, but DSP without a doubt elevated it to great.
- Rhiana Gademsky, Class of 2016
I can safely say that when I first got to Cornell I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities that existed, ranging from coursework to extracurriculars and everything in between. In taking advantage of so many things, I realized that there were few I was extremely passionate about. It was not until I found Delta Sigma Pi during my sophomore year that I realized one organization could truly help me to capture my fullest potential. Being in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, I discovered that the greatest asset I could find in both my academic and pre-professional life was the people who surrounded me. Nowhere did that become more clear than at the first information session I attended for DSP. The brothers within the fraternity not only possessed a broad array of business acumen, but also genuinely embodied the closest friendship I had seen on campus - I knew that I wanted to seize the chance to become involved. My time in DSP afforded me not only a wealth of knowledge that I would not have gained from the classroom alone, but also a tight-knit brotherhood, exposure to seemingly every field of business, an immensely valuable alumni network, as well as a chance to take on responsibility in the form of leadership roles. Honestly, as I reflect on my time on the hill and consider my Cornell experience, I cannot help but realizing that DSP was my Cornell experience. It was, is and I know will continue to be one of, if not the most influential mechanisms to enhance who I am, on a number of different levels and I remain abundantly grateful for that. Now as a member of the alumni network I referenced above, I feel compelled to give back to this organization in ways that alumni gave back to me during my time as an undergrad. Whether in the form of resume development, mock interviewing, or simple, yet crucial life advice; I plan to offer everything I gleaned from my DSP experience as widespread as possible. There is nothing quite like having ~60 people at Cornell completely and totally invested in your own growth and development. From preparing cases during the early hours of the morning, to celebrating the collective success of our brothers on the streets of New York City, there is no doubt in my mind that there really is something for everybody to benefit from through DSP.
- Zach Benfanti, Class of 2016
At the beginning of my Cornell career, I was passionate about medicine and business, but I had no idea how I could combine these two interests into a career. The brothers of Delta Sigma Pi gave me a direct look into the many fields I could pursue, and gave me the tools to do so. During my time in Delta Sigma Pi I developed many invaluable skills which I would not have learned in the classroom, and met a group of amazing people who I will be friends with for the rest of my life. When you first arrive at Cornell you hear about consulting firms, start-ups, investment banks and hedge funds, but do you really know what any of these companies do or how they work? The best way to do so is to learn from people who have first-hand industry experience. You could attend a company information session, but how do you navigate the hundreds of students swarming around the few representatives? Once you meet someone, how do you keep in touch? How do you make sure your resume stands out and you ace your interview? As an undergraduate, I asked myself these questions and a hundred others. My brothers were an invaluable resource and support network as I narrowed down my career interests and navigated the recruiting process. Professionalism, teamwork and presentation skills are three of the most important elements of business. In developing these skills, the Delta Sigma Pi new member process is second to none. Each case explored a different industry and helped me develop long term relationships with the rest of my pledge class. Having sixty people directly invested in your success is a rare opportunity, and a testament to the strength of our fraternity. The business skills you develop from our brotherhood rival those of seasoned industry professionals. Ultimately, the bonds formed in Delta Sigma Pi last well beyond our four years in college. We share in each other’s success and support each other through failure. From working on case studies at midnight to climbing the Great Wall of China, the experiences I have had through Delta Sigma Pi are truly unique, and something I am forever grateful for.
- Zander Liem, Class of 2015