Tour Guide at Elon University
Class of 2020
Hometown: Harrison, NY
Secondary Major: Accounting
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.
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!