It finally arrived….the day when close to 1,300 new students began their university careers. It has been exciting to see familiar faces on campus, especially since we have been working with these student for the past year or so!
To further help the freshman class become acclimated to Elon’s community, I offer up these helpful (and some just humourous) tidbits of advice from my own Move-In Day/ Freshman Year experience:
- Be friendly and open to meeting new people. You will meet so many people in the next day, the next week, the next year, and the next four years. You may be fortunate to meet a lifelong friend your first week of school or you may meet that person in your senior year!
- Wear sneakers or other rubber-soled shoes when it rains on campus. We have thousands of bricks on campus walkways – and each one gets slick when it rains. Unless you want to slip on the bricks, I would avoid flip-flops! Take it from someone who knows… 🙂
- Take advantage of the Organization Fair on September 11. One of the best things that I did my first week of school was to join a few clubs and organizations. Not only was I able to get involved with things I was interested in (soccer and service), but I also met some great people.
- Go to the College Coffee and/or College Chapel. Yes, this does mean that you have to be out of bed by 10:00 a.m. on either a Tuesday or Thursday, but you can do it. You’ll be glad that you did – besides, I know for a fact that you have nothing else to do on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. because there are no classes at that time.
- Be sure to do the following in your first year at Elon (in no particular order): go to Fall and Spring Convocations, eat at Sidetrack’s, ride the Danieley tram, participate in Discover NC, go with friends to Cookout for a milkshake, learn how to pronounce the following words: Colclough and Danieley, make Elon’s E-Net your home page, stop by your professor’s office at least once just to chat, form an intramural team with a humorous name, participate in Sportsfest, learn the difference between Phoenix Cash and Meal Dollars, trip on a brick, and learn to manage your time.
- Have a strong fall semester at Elon. Classes only get more challenging as you get older. Be serious about your studies because if you start with a low grade point average, it will be tough to bring it up!
Those are my tips for now and I hope you enjoy them! Welcome to the Elon community and I look forward to seeing you on campus!