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It’s time to (metaphorically) get out there and create some connections...

If you’re sitting at home right now, quarantined and following your local stay-at-home orders, and the most exciting parts of your day have been breakfast, walking the dog and watching sitcom reruns on television, then you may feel just a twinge of guilt when you see how some are using their newfound free time.

Maybe a fellow Georgia Tech alum in your Facebook feed just completed a complex carpentry project. Maybe you’ve seen the many social posts going around proclaiming how Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” during a plague quarantine or how Newton began developing his theory of gravity during a similar quarantine, and so what’s your excuse?

Whatever the reason, if you’re feeling a little down and unmotivated while self-isolating, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to feel a bit morose if you haven’t been as productive as you’d like the past few days or weeks — but that’s also a good thing.

Why? Well, more and more, we’re seeing that this health-related need for social distancing is pushing communities — such as communities of Kappa Sig brothers — closer together. More and more, brothers both from Kappa Sig and all over the country are now connecting, thanks to the power of technology.

Here’s what some of our Kappa Sig brothers had to say about it:
“COVID-19 has shown us how important human-to-human contact is — the bonds created through Kappa Sig are more noticeable when we are isolated. It tells us that human contact (family, brotherhood, friends) is vital.”

"Alpha Tau for me has always been about brotherhood. Anything that promotes the brotherhood among all generations will positively affect the chapter in the present and future. Social media has made communication so much easier, so efforts to spread alumni and active news will be beneficial. As to the effect of the pandemic, think back over the history of our chapter. We have endured wars, economic depressions and other pandemics. I’m communicating with many of my brothers through this event, and the humor and encouragement I have received is supportive for me in dealing with the stress. This to shall pass."

"I stay in touch fairly regularly with several brothers from my time at Tech. Bill Bivens, Vince Fettinger, Dave Archer, Ray Massey, Todd Swanger, Kade Miller, Michael Castro, Michael Quarles, and Brett Guenther are brothers I see or talk to from time to time. I’d love to catch up with anyone from the early & mid 90’s, or any other era for that matter. Always up for grabbing lunch/dinner/beer once this quarantine is finally lifted and things start getting back to normal. I’m also trying to do a better job of coming around more often for football tailgates and other events."

"Your world can change at any moment. Have your fun for sure and keep up with the important stuff (family, school, friends, finances) because you may need to switch gears just like that. Don't let uncertainty make you fearful, keep your head up and learn as much as you can about what you're facing. You can apply that to any challenge you run into and the rest will pretty much work itself out."

We may not be able to converge together in Atlanta for reunions or other Georgia tech and Kappa Sig alumni events in the immediate future, but we can still come together, as soon as today. Email your Kappa Sig brothers. Give them a call. Friend them on Facebook. Set up a group video chat so you can talk about the good times and joke about what you’re all doing during quarantine.

Not sure where to start? Use our online directory to find your Kappa Sig brothers’ contact info right now. Need a little inspiration? Read the latest Kappa Sig alumni news on our website. One of our recent alumni updates or flashback photos might spark a memory or two.

Whatever you do — don’t keep sitting on the couch watching TV for hours at a time during quarantine. You may not feel like writing an internationally renowned play or developing a scientific theory, but you can definitely still do something productive: You can keep the Kappa Sig spirit alive by connecting with your brothers today.