I was an MBA student Durham University’s Stockton campus. During the course of my studies, I enjoyed being an active member at the Lodge of Fraternity 1418 in Stockton-on-Tees. I would like to briefly share my motivation for this and explain the overall experience gained in order to shed some light on this topic for you as a perspective applicant. In doing so, I only hope that if you feel compelled to find out more, this message encourages you to take action and pursue your desires.
Growing up, as many people have, I heard about Freemasonry. As I grew older the interest was still there and I began to ask questions. I was surprised to find I had a few distant uncles and family friends who were Masons. Digging deeper I found that many of my mentors and other positive role models which I looked up to in my community had Masonic ties. I quickly understood that Freemasonry was about taking good men and making them better. It is an organisation which is built on brotherly love and understanding; one which strives to actually help one another whenever possible and which builds better moral characters. I can whole heartedly say that I have never met another Mason and failed to enjoy his company. This fascinates me, as the Masons I have spent time with have been from different countries, of different ages, occupations, levels of education, social background, religion and ethnicity. It was for these reasons that I found myself wanting to become a member.
Durham is over 4,000 miles from my home and in order to come here I had to leave my family and friends behind. This burden was severely lessened by meeting my Masonic brothers shortly after arriving. I was invited in and treated like family. After only meeting these Masons on one or two occasions I felt as if many of them were lifelong friends or family members and they were always there to ensure I was okay as I developed and continued my studies. While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university, my Masonic ties have helped to prevent me from being completely sucked into the university bubble. It is partially because of this that I have maintained a forward looking and productive attitude and I would like to think that this has been influential in me securing my new role in banking in London. Looking back my only regret is now having to leave such good friends behind to take the next step in my life. However, with absolute certainty, I know and look forward to meeting new Masons because I know the reception and relationships will be the same. There is nothing greater than travelling as a Master Mason, meeting new friends along the way and further developing as a person.
I wish you much success as you embark on your path through university. If you decide to join the university scheme all you must do is find a Mason and ask. I wish you the best of luck and trust your experiences will be as fulfilling as mine.