I wouldn’t be doing my job right if I sat here and wrote to the Class of 2021 that Elon University has its entire act together. I know it’s not true.
It likely comes as a surprise to absolutely no one that we live in a digital age. We take photos of everything that moves — we wouldn’t dare miss a chance to post something fun or interesting on our Snapchat stories.
A few weeks ago I visited my boyfriend at University of Illinois for a long weekend.
When I signed up to live in the Alpha Phi Alpha house for next year, I knew it would be eventful. I didn't know it would geographically be at the middle of two controversies. This week proved me wrong.
As polarizing of a figure as NBA superstar LeBron James is in the realm of barbershop conversations and Twitter debates, President Donald Trump incomparably proved this past fall that he is the current "King" of divisiveness.
While Elon University might be working hard to increase racial and cultural diversity, as a university we still fall short of meeting the kind of racial and cultural ratio we should have if we are going to boast about our “global engagement”. Coming to Elon I knew that I wouldn’t be seeing as much diversity as I was used to, but when I found out that only 20 percent of my class identified as a person of color, I was appalled. According to a study done in 2015 by the Pew Research Center, about 35% of people in the United States identify as a person of color.
Venezuela is currently in a state of humanitarian crisis, economic crisis, democratic crisis and just about any other form of crisis under the sun.
Elon University prides itself as an institution that helps create global citizens. We can see aspects of this mindset in the required first year class “The Global Experience,” International Station at Lakeside and various international studies and language programs across campus. But, when it comes to creating global leaders, there’s one Elon experience that Elon loves to highlight most: study abroad.
Last weekend I had the privilege to learn about the research being done by undergraduates across the country.
Both viewers and participants in all forms of art and entertainment are drawn together by a singular live event that rarely escapes one’s memory.
The elevator was rising higher and higher, and my ears started to pop. When we reached the top we had a beautiful twilight view of the London skyline.
It was the home of so many firsts: first dates; first parties; first independence. I still remember that pizza parlor like it was yesterday. I still remember those igloos like I remember my childhood bedroom. But now, the place where so many of us grew from kids into adults is waddling off into the sunset.
I remember one of the first times someone called me a leader. I was the only freshman in the Alto II section of my choir class in high school.
Reaching out to minority groups enriches social and academic conversations on campus. It can help us fine-tune our minds to become better global ambassadors, understanding the influence of culture in academia.
Maybe you’ve seen yaks about it, heard chatter about it or been directly affected by its abstract presence, but the stereotypes in our greek community revolving around one “tier system” have simply got to go. For those of you who don’t understand (in which case I either applaud your ability to focus on what’s really important or urge you to get out from the rock you’re living under), the so-called “tier system” is built on the belief that, in Fraternity and Sorority Life, there is a totem-pole style ranking of coolness or widely-known reputation from one sorority/fraternity to another.
If you are a woman, please consider wearing a hijab on Thursday. It might not be comfortable, but being an ally rarely is. Last year was the first year Elon University participated in Hijab Day.
They say it’s not a Muslim ban. They say it’s a safety concern. They say this is all a preventive measure.
Black History is a living, breathing movement that our forebears started with hopes of cultivating a better environment for us. Their legacy is left to us. We, as in every human being, are capable of redirecting longstanding perceptions of race.
For students who had to struggle to get here or have struggled while here — including first-generation students — the graduation ceremony is more than just an orchestrated event, guaranteed to be given to you at the end of your four years. It’s something you and those who love you have fought incredibly hard for. It’s the culmination of more than four years of coursework. It’s a product of collective and unapologetic tenacity from you and those who have fought with you. So on the day of your undergraduate graduation, your invitation for family and friends is more than just an expectation.