Introduction from the Author
“Another school you could look at is Elon University . . .” I sat in my college counselor’s office, nodding my head as he listed all the schools that offered the programs I wanted in my region of the country. When he said “Elon” and “North Carolina,” I frowned. I was so sure that I would not like that particular college in the middle of the country. I am a city girl, who enjoys the city. I did not want to go to “Unheard-of University in Nowheresville.”
Everything changed the day I visited the campus, only a month or so after that conference with my counselor. From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt like this was going to be my new home. The friendly staff, the upbeat students, and the brand new, state-of-the-art facilities were all factors in my final decision to come to Elon. The main factor, however, was the possibility to be part of a growing university. About five years ago, Elon began a huge publicity campaign. Now, not only is the school getting its name out into the world, but its facilities have been redone to make it a truly beautiful campus.
During Orientation, I was starting to have doubts about whether I wanted to go to college—am I ready yet? I’ve never left my parents, what will I do without them? Will I be able to grow up and be an adult in such a short amount of time? When I finally moved in, all my fears and worries disappeared. Everyone who was part of the Residence Life staff helped incoming freshmen and transfer students get adjusted to college life; that’s when we learned that Elon is truly a school that helps you all along the way. A general belief held by faculty and staff is every student should get the help they need, when they need it. You’re not just a student, you’re a person—someone who will have problems, face fears, and need advice. At Elon, there will always be someone on your side.
Now that I’m at Elon University, I feel like I can be and do anything I want. The opportunity is here and I have not had a single professor tell me that I can’t follow my dreams. In fact, I’ve sat down with some of my professors and talked about how to achieve my seemingly impossible goals. I’ve become a better student than I ever thought I would because of the support I have received. Everyday I don’t just learn one new thing, I learn tons of new things. I hope as you read this guidebook you consider becoming a part of this big, loving, determined family.
Amy Mahon, Author
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