Tour Guide at Elon University
Class of 2020
Hometown: Harrison, NY
Secondary Major: Accounting
My most memorable Elon experience was studying abroad in Japan and South Korea in the summer after my first-year. This course fulfilled one of my advanced studies, and provided me the opportunity to travel somewhere I would most likely never go. The month I spent in these two countries was incredible, and I was able to learn so much about these different cultures, especially in their business models! I had so much fun traveling all over Japan and throughout Seoul with the other students in my course and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!
I chose Elon because of the professor/student relationships that Elon is known for. When looking at colleges, I knew that I wanted to be valued in the classroom, as opposed to being just a number in a sea of students. I was drawn to Elon because of the low faculty/student ratio, and the benefits of this proved true once I became a student here. In every class I have enrolled in, I have been able to develop a relationship with my professors beyond the classroom, and many of these relationships have continued after the course completed. I have a number of professors that I meet for coffee every semester, and many of these individuals have written me recommendation letters for various internship and job applications. These individuals are able to speak highly to who I am as a person, in addition to as a student. I know that these relationships have helped me become the person I want to be, and that these are relationships that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
My favorite Elon tradition is the acorn/sapling progression. At convocation, every first-year receives an acorn following the ceremony. Then, at graduation, every student receives an oak sapling. Students plant the sapling wherever they go after graduation. I love this tradition because it demonstrates the growth students have throughout their time at Elon, and by planting the sapling, it demonstrates the network that Elon has.