Members of Sigma Nu at the University of Minnesota will be featured periodically in order to provide a better idea of what individuals in our chapter are all about. For the first edition, we feature Adam Siegfried.
Adam Siegfried is a fourth-year/senior graduating this Spring 2016 semester from the College of Science and Engineering. He is majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a management minor. Originally from Golden Valley, Minnesota, Adam joined Sigma Nu as a first-semester freshman in the Fall of 2012. Since then, he has gone on to serve in multiple leadership roles within Sigma Nu, including as his candidate class Vice President, as the Assistant Recruitment Chairman, the Assistant Marshal, and on the executive council as the
• NICK: To get things started, what are three words to describe yourself?
• ADAM: I would say adventure– I like traveling/going new places, trying new things, pretty much doing anything adventurous [see picture below]. Second word I would say is motivated– I’ve always been motivated to give my best effort at everything I do, I don’t settle for being average. Lastly I would say music/musical– music has always been a big part of my life. I’ve played piano since 1st grade and drums since 5th grade, I love going to concerts and overall just listening to and making music.
• NICK: What would you say is your spirit animal?
• ADAM: A bald eagle because I love America.
• NICK: Tell me about why you wanted to come to the University of Minnesota.
• ADAM: I wanted to come to the U because of the good engineering and business program. Plus I really liked the campus because it was close to the city. Overall, it was the best choice, it just kind of worked out.
• NICK: What made you want to join Greek life?
• ADAM: I was looking to get involved with an organization when I got to college and Greek life was something that was unique to college. I did music and sports in high school, and I considered joining marching band or playing club sports here, but I felt like Greek life would be a different experience that I couldn’t get elsewhere.
• NICK: Why did you choose Sigma Nu, specifically?
• ADAM: I felt like I fit in really well with all of the guys and I really liked the mentality of the house; everyone was so motivated to be successful. Also I liked that there was such a wide variety of people, so there’s always someone who shares interests with you.
• NICK: After you graduate, what will be your favorite memory from your time in Sigma Nu?
• ADAM: I would say getting to be involved with recruitment and being able to see the chapter grow from about 35-40 men to what it is now [currently at 92 total members] and to really see the chapter improve. I remember meeting together as pledge class officers and we talked about how we wanted to grow the chapter and make it better. It’s been cool to see the fruits of our labor.
• NICK: What advice do you have for younger members in Sigma Nu?
• ADAM: Get involved with the house in an area that you’re interested in or that you really feel you could provide value to. The whole idea of not having any passive members is so important. Whether or not you hold a position you can always contribute to the chapter in some way. Some people feel like if they don’t have a position there’s
nothing they can bring to the table, but that’s not true.
• NICK: What are your plans for after graduation?
• ADAM: Before I start working, I’m planning to go backpacking in Europe for 6-8 weeks since I never studied abroad. After that, I’ll be working full time for Deloitte doing risk analytics consulting. Looking ahead, I potentially want to go back to school to get my MBA and then maybe one day, far in the future, start my own business.
• NICK: To wrap things up, one last fun question. Would you rather eat only your 5 favorite foods for the rest of your life, or never eat your 5 favorite foods again?
• ADAM: Never eat my 5 favorite foods again because I’m not a picky eater and I like a lot of food.
This interview was conducted by Sigma Nu, Gamma Tau Chapter’s Reporter, Nick Ohren. Nick is originally from Altoona, Wisconsin and is a third-year/junior in the College of Liberal Arts studying English and dance.