My name is Kate Penniall, and I am a current sophomore at Elon University. I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but after moving around the US for several years, my family embarked on the expatriate lifestyle and moved to Singapore. I attended high school at Singapore American School and lived on the bustling island nation for 4 years.
As a senior in high school I was scrambling to find a school that fit my needs. I went to a college fair my high school was hosting and found the walls lined with tables displaying banners, posters, memorabilia and everything in between from big state schools to small private colleges alike. As I perused the isles a few tables caught my attention. I stopped and chatted with a handful of Admissions Directors, but after an hour of forced smiling and awkward handshakes I reached a table strewn with maroon and gold. The word ELON was plastered across the tablecloth. Where was this school? and what even was an ELON? Despite my hard-pressed questions and skepticism I picked up a brochure and chatted with Mrs. Cheryl Borden, the Admissions Director at the time.
After just a few minutes of discussing Elon’s available majors, programs and study abroad, I was hooked. I applied Early Decision, got my acceptance letter and never looked back.
Now as a sophomore I am involved in various business organizations as well as Greek Life on campus. I am majoring in marketing and finance and have enjoyed all of my classes within the business school. Here at Elon, the courses are engaging and challenging, but with so many resources including the faculty, advisers and tutoring center, there’s always someone willing to help.
When I’m not in class or the library though, I’m always around campus whether it’s taking Zumba classes at the gym, getting coffee with friends at Irazu or laying outside by Lake Verona during a beautiful North Carolina day. Coming to Elon was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This place has become a home away from home for me.
If you have any questions about Elon, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on skype at eloninteradm.
Looking forward to hearing from you,