Friday, February 18, 2011

I'm Exhausted So This is RANDOM. . .

I'm participating in Wanna Bee's "Sleepover" Blog Hop.  The funny this is that I'm having a real sleepover with my 3 year old niece Peyton (who is still awake at 9:30 PM which is WAY past her bed time).  We are in bed w/ lights off and she is trying to fall asleep and I'm catching up on blogging (with a pillow next to my laptop so that she can't see the light from it).  Go check out Vintage Wanna Bee to play along.

And I had to play along with Kelly today.  This is my first time participating in SHOW US YOUR LIFE at Kelly's Korner but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about my alma mater, Elon University (well actually it was Elon College when I went there).

For those of you who don't know anyone about Elon I highly recommend you check out the website.  Elon is THE BEST school and I had an awesome four years there!  I can't speak highly enough about all of the amazing experiences I had while at Elon.  Just to name a few - admissions tour guide, very involved with Habitat for Humanity campus chapter and participated in many service break trips, studied abroad in London for a semester, did an internship with a Physician's Assistant, sorority member and so much more.  Sometimes I wish I could go back to college b/c it was so much fun!

About Elon University (from the website)

Elon University is a selective, independent, private university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.

Elon's rich intellectual community is characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by distinctive professional and graduate programs. Elon students put knowledge into practice, fulfilling their roles as global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.

 Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master's-level school in the nation, and was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government's Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 78 percent of students complete internships, one-third of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and about 250 students annually work with faculty members on undergraduate research projects.

In its 2011 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S.News & World Report rates Elon the #2 Southern University and among the top 86 colleges and universities in the nation "where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching." Newsweek-Kaplan named Elon the nation's "leader in engaged learning" and one of 25 featured colleges in its 2010 guide, and Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 373 "best colleges." Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, USA Today, Princeton Review and the Fiske Guide to Colleges all name Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities. Elon is also recognized by Princeton Review for having one of the nation's most beautiful campuses.
Elon's 358 full-time faculty teach in more than 50 undergraduate majors. The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; and the School of Law. Master's programs are offered in business administration, education and interactive media, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law. Elon operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including a four-week term in January.

 Elon's 5,032 undergraduate and 677 graduate students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 49 other nations. About 25 percent are from North Carolina, with 9 percent each from New Jersey and Massachusetts, 7 percent each from Maryland and Virginia, 6 percent from Pennsylvania and 5 percent each from Connecticut and New York.
Elon Phoenix athletics include 16 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (FCS football), and Elon is a member of the Southern Conference. In addition, many students actively participate in 18 intramural and 21 club sports.
Elon was founded by the Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ) in 1889, and its core values have remained constant throughout history: close relationships between faculty and students, a culture that supports constant innovation, and a strong sense of community. Each Tuesday morning, students, faculty and staff gather around Fonville Fountain for refreshments and fellowship during "College Coffee." Weekly chapel services in historic Whitley Auditorium provide an interfaith worship experience. Daily events, spontaneous gatherings and sidewalk conversations are the hallmarks of this friendly and welcoming academic community.

Elon University is a member of Project Pericles®, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to make socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of our educational program - in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.


Just for kicks how about another. . .

I thought FILL IN THE BLANK FRIDAY at the little things we do sounded fun so here goes-

1.  I am. . . a daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend, social worker, person living with Multiple Sclerosis, vacation lover, scrapbooker, shopaholic, Facebook/Twitter/Email/Blogger addict, volunteer, mentor, fundraiser, advocate, procrastinator. . .

2.  The bravest thing I've ever done. . . handle my MS diagnosis with grace and continuing to have the courage to fight it life.

3.  I feel prettiest when. . . I have a new outfit that I love and wear it for the first time.

4.  Something that keeps me awake at night is. . . what doesn't keep me awake these days!?  MS, insomnia, waking up to pee, stress, crazy dreams (from medication side effects?), being hot, being cold. . .

5.  My favorite meal in the entire world is. . . so many favorites to chose from - staying traditional - my mom's homemade chicken casserole, rice pilaf and fresh steamed broccoli.

6.  The way to my heart is. . . by supporting me as I fight MS weather it is by making a financial donation to my MS Walk fundraising efforts, calling me and asking how I'm doing or just being there. . . I have the MOST supportive friends and family and my heart swells with gratitude! 

7.  I would like to. . . take a year off from work (but still get paid and have my job to come back to) and travel around the world.  There are so many places I would love to visit and it would just be amazing to have a whole year to travel and explore!  

Drum roll please. . . last but not least. . . (mainly just b/c this is such an adorable picture) I'm participating in PASS THE PUCK at A Day in the Life of a Hockey Wife.
Ok that is ENOUGH!  Haha!  Hope you had fun reading my very long post.  I should have gone to bed an hour ago when Peyton fell asleep.  Let's hope she sleeps until 8 AM {wishful thinking}.  Good night!

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I love finding other Elon Alum! Its fun to find our virtual community!