Move-In Day 2009

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!

25 Random Things About Elon

Good evening ETA readers!

Many of you have probably seen the note that is going around Facebook these days – “25 Random Things about Me”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it is a questionnaire that you can list 25 facts or habits or goals and then “tag” 25 of your friends. Thus in the spirit of Facebook, I present to you…

“25 Random Facts about Elon”
  1. The first graduating class from Elon had only 3 graduates! (That was in the year 1891).
  2. One of Elon’s traditions is the weekly “College Coffee” where students, faculty, and staff get together on Tuesdays from 9:40 – 10:20am to eat free food and have a chance to chat.
  3. Elon’s Belk Library is open 24 hours from Sunday – Thursday (which is helpful for any last minute papers that need to be written!)
  4. The Alamance Building (which houses a number of classrooms, faculty offices, both the Bursar’s and Registrar’s offices among other things) is designed so that the front of the building and the back of the building are identical.
  5. 51 different countries are represented in Elon’s student body in the 2008-2009 school year.
  6. The Princeton Review and USAToday named Elon one of the nation’s top 100 “Best Value Colleges”.
  7. Famous speakers that have come to campus include: Jane Goodall, Colin Powell, Ehud Barak, Queen Noor, former President Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, among others.
  8. The state with the smallest number of Elon alums is North Dakota. (North Dakota has 1 alum living there!) For perspective, North Carolina has the largest alumni population with over 12,600 alumni!
  9. Recycling started at Elon University in the late 1980s.
  10. Elon’s “Phoenix Cash” (money put onto a student id card) can be used at over 60 different off-campus locations.
  11. Through the “Burst the Bubble” program, students can TEACH other students in free, non-credit courses offered during Winter Term. Learn how to clog, study the history and culture of surfing or movie marketing – all from fellow students!
  12. In the Elon Admissions office, of the 29 staff members in the department, over 50% have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from Elon as well!
  13. Elon men’s basketball is celebrating its 100th season in the year 2009.

And more to come in my next post…

LA Today – Japan Tomorrow

Well, it is officially 8:51 p.m. here in Los Angeles (11:51 p.m. back in Elon, North Carolina) and I have officially arrived in CA. I arrived this afternoon and have had a chance to just relax for a bit. I met up with another fellow Council of International Schools (CIS) traveler on the way to our hotel and we spent the afternoon getting our bearings in the city.

Tomorrow will bring a half day orientation program and then we start the 11+ hour flight to Japan around 2:00 p.m. or so (5:00 p.m. East Coast time) – so it will be a busy day! But I am excited and the CIS Asia tour will be visiting our first school on Thursday.

At Elon, today was the first day of classes so best wishes to all of the students, faculty, and staff working! Tuesdays are also a part of one of Elon’s greatest (in my opinion) traditions. For all of the freshmen who had to wake up this morning for those delightful 8:00 a.m. classes, they at least have the added bonus of having free food when they get out of class around 9:40 a.m. or so! Tuesday mornings are when Elon holds our “College Coffee” event, where students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to come together as a community over biscuits, bagels, fruit, coffee, etc. This event rocks because 1) it is free food and when is that a bad thing when you are in college? and 2) it allows students to personally get to know their professors or other members of the Elon community. Imagine having the opportunity to chat with the Academic Deans or Chairs of Departments, have a conversation with some of the Athletic Coaches, or just chat with your professor about the subject matter of your class that you just left – that is what TRULY makes College Coffee such a great event!

For those faithful followers of my blog :), it is important to note that my cell phone will not be working in my first two destinations – Tokyo, Japan nor Seoul, South Korea. Thus you may be sitting on the edge of your computer chair, couch, etc. eagerly awaiting a post from me for a few days. I will try my best so please stay tuned!

NEXT STOP: Tokyo, Japan