What a year it’s been. A lot has changed since we all arrived back on campus in August. We have seen everything from the return to indoor dining and live theater to sports back in action and,most of all, we’ve seen our Elon family come back together in person. 

Best Of is an annual publication by Elon News Network that surveys students, faculty, staff and the general community on their favorite dining, entertainment outlets, academics and more. This year’s edition felt extra special, as we saw the return of so many Elon staples.

The idea behind Best of 2022 is simple — you tell us what you love most about Elon, and then our team explores what makes it so great. 

This issue marks my second year in charge of Best Of and this entire process has been a rewarding experience for me. 

Since September, we’ve met to discuss how to best build the survey. In October, we released it to the community, asking everything from the “Best Major” to the “Best Tradition” to the “Best Brunch” spot. More than 180 responses outlined some of the favorites in our area and we went straight to the best to find out why. 

Some winners were expected, while others surprised us. Whether you love them or not, the pages that follow share all the best things about Elon — as voted by you.

As I leave to study abroad in Florence, Italy at the end of this month, I hope you find a new favorite in this issue.