After five long months of waiting, I’m finally at Northwestern! From orientation and starting classes to hosting an Elks Scholar Meet-Up, it has been a crazy and exciting past few weeks and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Northwestern is very different from most schools. To start, our orientation is 10 days long. This year, the university rented out Six Flags Amusement Park, the Chicago Field Museum, and even a Target just for the freshman class. There was no shortage of excitement! It’s a week centered around building friendships and getting familiar with campus so by the time classes actually began, students are fully prepared for their NU adventure.
One of the biggest (and best) differences from high school is that there is never any shortage of excitement. It’s always easy to get involved, even in activities that are far out of my comfort zone. For example, this past week, one of my friends told me he was DJ-ing at the local radio station and asked if I wanted to come help. I was very bad, you will definitely not be hearing me on Kiss FM any time soon. It was just such a unique experience, one that makes me immensely excited for everything that’s to come in these next four years.
A final highlight was getting the chance to host an Elks Scholar Meet-Up. Three other Northwestern scholars joined me, Elks Scholar Fellow Maryann Slater, and the wonderful Debbie Doles for dinner at Smylie Brothers. The other scholars had already been through freshman year and hearing their advice about how to make the most of my college experience was really helpful. It was a great to see how, through the Elks family, we were able to make the large Northwestern community a little bit smaller.
From making great memories and even greater friends, my time at Northwestern has been nothing short of amazing. I can’t wait to see—and share—where the rest of my freshman year takes me.
Elks Scholar Advisory Board Freshman Representative
In 2015-16, the Elks National Foundation appropriated $4.16 million to fund the ENF scholarship program, which provides college scholarships, ensuring a bright future for our nation’s youth. As important parts of the Elks family, Elks scholars have many social and service opportunities to connect with the Elks and each other. For more information about our scholarship programs, and for ways Lodges can get involved with Elks scholars, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.