Diversity Ambassadors and Tour Guide at Elon University
Class of 2024
Hometown: FAIRFAX, VA
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Spanish and Public Health
I was drawn to the community Elon has to offer. Coming from a smaller high school, I was used to school feeling very home-like and feeling like I have a place and purpose in the community. I craved a place where I saw familiar faces daily, felt included and welcomed at school and events, and had many people guiding me throughout my 4 years at college. At Elon, I have found exactly that and more. Through involvement in community, clubs, and extracurricular activities, I have been able to find a missing piece of myself and really enhance the person I am becoming. I have found so much mentorship and guidance that I really need to help provide me structure.
My favorite Elon Tradition is receiving the acorn. Receiving the acorn happens during convocation during freshman orientation. It symbolizes the growth that you are going to go through during your time at Elon. When we start as freshmen, we are small acorns being planted at Elon University with an infinite amount of room to grow. During our time here, we are watered, given sunlight, and taken care of, until we blossom by the time we are graduating.
So far, my most memorable Elon experience has been sitting on the lawn in Colonnades neighborhood with some friends. A few of them brought their guitars out to play some music. We were laughing, singing, and sunbathing in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Something about this was so peaceful, this moment made me realize that I was at home. This feeling of community and closeness was exactly what I had been looking for.