Tour Guide at Elon University
Class of 2021
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Major: Human Service Studies
Concentration: Air Force ROTC
Minor: Spanish and Teaching & Learning
I chose Elon because it was everything I was looking for in a university. From the small, personal classroom sizes to the beautiful campus, it was a perfect fit. Academically, a big appeal was that I was able to explore in any of our four colleges on campus (Business, Arts & Sciences, Education, and Communications), rather than applying to a specific school or as a specific major. This gave me complete leeway in case I wanted to change my area of study. Outside of the classroom, a huge attraction was the Experience Learning Requirement (ELR for short) and opportunities it provided. The 5 options that fall under the ELR umbrella are study abroad (or study USA), internship, service, leadership, and research. Coming into college I knew studying abroad was something I was extremely interested in. Learning about all the available programs offered and how much students were encouraged to go abroad and complete the other ELR's made me that much more excited to come to Elon.
My most memorable Elon experience so far has been a First-year Summer Experience called Adventures in Leadership. I discovered this amazing opportunity at Rising Phoenix weekend and signed up immediately. The summer going in to my first year at Elon, I, along with 20 other first-years, embarked on an outdoor adventure. We white water rafted, hiked, rappelled, rock climbed, and camped out in multiple locations in West Virginia. It was a fabulous experience and introduced me to Elon before arriving. We had the chance to sleep in a Danieley flat and become a bit more familiar with Elon's campus. I was able to form strong friendships and come onto campus already knowing other students and a bunch about Elon!
My favorite Elon tradition is the Festival of Holiday Lights because it is a time where Elon students, faculty and families come together to celebrate the holiday season. The trees light up and the paths are lined with luminaries. In addition, a cappella groups perform and there is a guest appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Clause! It is a great time to gather with the community before the fall semester ends.