Diversity Ambassadors and Tour Guide at Elon University
Class of 2022
Hometown: Vienna, VA
Minor: Dance, Policy Studies, Politics/Philosophy/Economics
As a thinker more than a feeler, I needed a school that looked perfect for me on paper. I was not sure that I would get the 'feeling' that everyone gets when they find their college. Elon was exactly what I was looking for and magically, when I walked onto campus for the first time, made me feel at home. It gave me the feeling that I didn't expect to receive. It felt welcoming, comfortable, and just like a home.
My most memorable Elon experience by far was my first night on campus. My roommate and I were told that we would not be able to lock ourselves out of our room because we were in the brand new East dorms with fancy new locks. Well... we managed to lock ourselves out when we went to brush our teeth. We did not have our phones with us either so we could not call the RA on call. When we finally found a phone, thanks to the girls down the hall that became our friends that night, the phone number that we had been given was wrong! It took us two hours to get back into our room. To this day we still do not know how we did it. It was an epic Phoenix flop by us and now we always have our keys on us!
I love the acorn tradition surrounding convocation and commencement. At first year convocation each new student is given an acorn and at on the day of commencement we are all given a sapling to show the growth and development that we have all gone through during our four years at Elon. A sapling typically takes four years to grow from the acorn, which aligns nicely with Elon's plan to encourage a four year journey of undergraduate education. I love this tradition because it shows that Elon values and fosters the growth of its students.