|Reno, NV—the site of the|
2013 Elks National Convention...
...and an awesome time!
After returning home from a wonderful Elks National Convention in Reno, having one last hurrah with my friends, filling out forms for what seemed to be years, and trying to decide what was essential to bring with me to college, I finally made the trip to Cornell University! As I and many other Elks scholars like me (I’m looking at the freshmen) begin their collegiate careers equipped with the gifts, well-wishes, and advice of more-experienced friends and family, we all realize the crazy whirlwind of opportunity that we have been thrown into.
For me, I finally feel like I’ve gained my footing and have become part of a new community. Before move-in, I went backpacking through the Finger Lakes area of New York, learned a lot about the great outdoors, and made an awesome group of friends! After meeting my roommate and moving in, I started to get acclimated to the campus and explored the beautiful natural gorges and waterfalls surrounding Cornell. As I’m sure many other Elks scholars dealt with, a small scheduling dilemma added to the stress and initiation of the first few weeks of school.
|Me and a few friends|
at Taughannock Falls—
the tallest waterfall in New York state!
Freshman Elks Scholar Advisory Board Representative