Top 7 Dorms at Elon University

Going into college is intimidating, but most people find their own throughout their first and second year. Where you live, specifically at Elon, will have a drastic effect on who you become friends with and the activities you do. This list will describe the top 7 dorms at Elon based on the dorm itself, and the reputation/realities surrounding your social life if you end up there.

1) Station at Mill Point

This is by far the nicest dorms on campus. You can only live here your Junior and/or Senior year, but if you get the chance and can afford it, it’s the way to go. With colorful vacation looking houses, you’ll be sure to love the spacious room you get as well as a community pool. Sure, you’re not the closest to campus, but Elon’s small enough to where you’re within walking distance from the farthest academic building. Mill Point is not easy to get into, so if you have a good connection, keep it close.

2) Oaks

Another set of dorms for older students the Oaks isone of the most populated areas on campus. The rooms themselves are massive, along with a large common room and kitchen. Usually students will try to move in Sophomore or Junior year, and often end up staying due to the high quality. You’re in a solid spot on campus similar to Colonnades but on the other side, making everything you do and everywhere you go a reasonable walk away. There’s also a sand volleyball and outdoor basketball court, which is great for the Fall.Like Millpoint, this isn’t the easiest spot to get into, so if you have an older friend that’s graduating, make sure to bring it up early.

3) Global

Global embodies a ‘new’ feel that isn’t felt in any of the other freshman dorms. Built in 2016, these dorms tower Elon’s campus by the Varsity fields. There are 5 buildings with a little under 600 students living in these halls with classrooms attached. There aren’t many courses taught in these buildings, but there are great amenities in each building with a solid amount of ‘common room’ space, which tends to be an issue elsewhere. Living in Global pretty much isolates you to lakeside’s dining hall, but you can be sure that you’ll have one of the best rooms on campus for a first-year student.

4) Colonnades

You’ll often hear people referring to Clohan, the new dining hall as Colonnades, but don’t get it confused with Colonnades dorms. Sitting in between KOBC and the Danieley commons, this is a great location as you can walk to anywhere on campus within 15 minutes, but still be separated from ‘the action’ if you so choose. You’re also right next to Clohan hall and QDoba/Einsteins, so you’ll never run out of food, but if you want more variety, you might have to take a walk.

5) Park Place

Park Place is brand new. Literally students have lived in it for one year, in which half of it they had to move to hotels due to a structural/overlooked problem. That being said, the 2018/2019 year one can expect little to no issues, and a cleanly renovated room. The dorms themselves aren’t too big, but it’s affordable, solid part of campus, next to a lot of food, and tends to have a lot of athletes (as it is close to the athletic facilities. This is a great place to live with a tight knit group of friends.

6) Smith

Located in the ‘Historic’ part of Elon’s campus, Smith is a male only dorm, but it has to be on this list for its reputation and the reality of the kids that live there. Going into college, you may not think you’re a fratty kid, but then you live in Smith and something changes. Smith is in the heart of campus, so location wise it’s perfect, and there’s plenty of pre-games to say the least. The reputation comes in the destructive nature of these kids, as every year sinks are ripped out, fire alarms are pulled, and Smith consistently wins the prize for most damage $$$ and tickets handed out by the end of the year. That being said, if you’re down for a good time, Smith’s a great place to live freshman year.

7) Danieley (flats and apartments)

One of the more underrated dorms is Danieley, for many reasons. First off, there’s a brand new gym and basketball court(s) within 1-2 minutes of every Danieley flat. Second, you’re constantly surrounded by people, and you get to know everyone in your building very well (some people don’t like this, but if you embrace it, it’s great). With 8 flat buildings (80 kids each) and about 8 standard house-dorms (16 each), Danieley is comprised of mostly first and second year students, but you’ll be find to find some Juniors here as well.

No matter where you end up living, you can be sure that you’ll find someone similar to you and make a long-lasting relationship. Every dorm on campus forces you into small communities and shapes your Elon experience, but make sure to make it your own. Venture out and don’t eat at the same dining hall every time, hangout with only your hall when you go out, and most importantly make sure to jump in BOTH fountains, not just the one closest to where you live!

7 Buildings you Need to Know at Elon University

Elon is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Part of this beauty comes in the way that the buildings have a historic yet modern feel in their brick stature. New buildings seem to be added at a rapid pace, and yet never seem out of place. Depending on where you live around campus you will interact with these buildings more or less, but you’ll definitely spend some time in each. Here are the 7 buildings you need to know at Elon University.

1. The Mosely Center

Students Studying in bean-bag chairs

Mosely is the heart of campus. You’ll see people walking in and out throughout the day whether they’re going to the mail room, heading to Lakeside Dining Hall, or the Student Professional Development Center. The Mosely Center is where you’ll go for food and packages, but also if you want to study on some bean bag chairs, play some ping-pong, or attending a professional event. Make sure you know where The Mosely Center is and how to get around it because at some point you’ll be walking in circles in Elon’s biggest building on campus.

2. Alamance Building

Flags at half mast in front of Alamance building

Often referred to as the English building, Alamance functions as a centerpiece of a pavilion as well as a reference point to most academic buildings. Alamance has religious, philosophical, ethnic studies, and a lot of miscellaneous courses that do not fall directly into a ‘school’ (Business, Poly Sci, Comm, etc.). You’ll also see yourself going to Alamance to visit the registrar’s office or meet with many of Elon’s upper management and facilitators.

3. Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center

Koury Business Center

The Koury Business Center is usually referred to as KOBC, and hosts the most courses per day for any building on campus. You can be sure that you’ll have your fair share of courses here as all 3 levels are filled with classrooms and lecture rooms. Keep in mind that an Elon lecture room can have no more than 33 students per the Elon rules, allowing for many classes to occur at once. Like Alamance, KOBC serves as a landmark often referenced as it is the midpoint from Danieley & Einstein’s to main campus.

4. Koury Center

Koury Athletic Center Side Entrance

Following the Koury Business Center, we have the Koury Center. Instead of being mad at the confusing names, we should appreciate that the Koury family provided us with such beautiful facilities. That being said, this can get confusing, and make sure to clarify if someone is referring to the ‘business’ center or not. The Koury Center is where the main Gym (work out) is, accompanied by 4 racquetball courts, a squash court, ping-pong tables, and a basketball court. The basketball stadium is also a part of the Koury center, but this has recently been moved to the massive Scharr center, so we don’t yet know what this will be turned in to (likely an auditorium).

5. Clohan Hall

Boars Head Eating Area

This building is one of the most important on the list for non-first and second years as Clohan Hall is actually old Colonnades. This building incorporates Elon’s second largest dining hall (this may change as the old McKewen dining hall has been redone) with a Greenworld (upgraded salad bar), and Boars Head as well. Often referred to as DNades (Downstairs Colonnades) there is a small market place where you can buy anything from yogurt and cheese, to chips and nuts, to toilet paper and deodorant. You’ll certainly find yourself checking out Clohan Hall no matter where you live on campus.

6. Belk Library

Entrance to Belk Library

This is the only library on Elon’s campus, but it’s a damn big one. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in here, and whether that’ll be a couple hours every night, or all-nighters the week of finals, there’s no doubt that you’ll see everything Belk has to offer. There is a classroom within Belk that is often used for research teaching purposes, but the rest of the library is filled with private study rooms, cozy chairs, and tables for whatever works best for you. The higher you go, the quieter it gets, be sure to check out all of Belk as there are some hidden corners and rooms you might not know exist.

7. Dwight C. Schar Hall

Grand Atrium of Dwight C. Schar Hall

Connected to the old Comm building, the new Schar Hall is the most modern looking building on Elon’s campus. With a brick fill, matching the rest of Elon’s buildings, the front exhibits a ‘Grand Atrium’ which truly is stunning, and the first thing you see entering Elon’s campus. Redone in 2017, there is a Turner Theatre, Studio, and a good amount of classrooms as well. Political science and Communication classes will be the courses taught in this building, but you will find yourself wandering through this building on a cold day or attending an event and or movie.

These buildings have their nicknames, and have their stories. Hopefully you can make your own as you travel through your college experience. BE SURE to use the incredible facilities and amenities you receive as an Elon student. You only go to college once, take advantage of your time!

Interesting facts about Elon University

1. Elon is a Registered Botanical Garden

Freshly planted flowers in front of Mosely

Many people actually choose to go to Elon after simply visiting the campus once due to its beauty. There are 2 main fountains supplemented by 4-5 smaller ones throughout campus. Across the 575 Acres of Elon’s campus, you are always surrounded by trees and greenery as either flowers are blooming or the yearly snowstorm is whitewashing the paths. Elon truly is one of the most beautiful campus’ in the country.

2. 75% of Elon students are from out of State

Sections of U.S. divided by region

Elon has become an ever more diverse school over time, specifically as it relates to students hometowns/home countries. Elon’s out of state population is 75% ranging from 49 states and 58 countries! These are tremendous numbers as Elon’s total population is 6,045. Be sure you like northern culture, because while the workers may be slow like the South, the students generally are from the NorthEast.

3. 33 Student Cap per Class

Classroom with small class size

This is one of Elon’s unique features that truly benefits the students towards their education and grasping of concepts. No matter how basic the course, or what percentage of first-year students are taking it, there can be no more than 33 students per class. This encourages student-teacher relationships, and you can be sure by the end of the semester that every teacher will know your name (for better or for worse).

4. 81% Four-Year Graduation Rate

2017 Graduation wideshot

This percentage isn’t that high, but compared to the average of 60% in the U.S., Elon isn’t doing too bad. 81% also ranks amongst the top 10% of U.S. private universities in the country. You can look at this number in a good or bad way, but you got a 4 in 5 shot of graduating if your just playing a numbers game!

5. Elon is #1 in Study Abroad for 14 years straight

General advertisement for study abroad

Don’t believe this stat? Well, 79% of Elon students study abroad before they graduate, and the university is pushing for this number to go up to 100. Sports teams have recently transitioned to studying abroad (generally in their Junior year) instead of stipends, and new programs are being opened up every year. There are many scholarship opportunities as well, so be sure to apply if you think you couldn’t afford such an expense!

6. 42% of Undergraduate Students are part of a Greek Organization

Rock found in front of On-Campus Greek houses

Elon is a very Greek-based school. This isn’t to say you can’t have a great time without being affiliated, but rather there are communities formed within Greek life that tend to be exclusive. 42% is a higher number than it may sound, as state schools such as UGA tend to hover around 22%. People take Greek life seriously, and you may find yourself forming relationships and or breaking them based on affiliation, so be weary of the GREEKS.

7. Elon is Ranked the 6th Most Attractive School in the Country

MyPlan top 10 lest of attractiveness of students

With an 89.7 rating, Elon is ranked the 6th most attractive school in the country according to myplan.com. While this does account for both girls and guys, it is referring to the females as they are known across their country for their barbie stature. An Elon 6 is an 8 out in the real world, and with a 60-40 girls to guy ratio, guys better be trying to find a wife.

7 Best Places to Study at Elon University

Elon has been ranked one of the most beautiful campus’ by multiple sources for years now. This translates to some beautiful studying spots that are surrounded by nature as Elon is a registered botanical garden. Where someone studies can alter their success, so here are 7 best places to study at Elon University.

1) Belk Library

Belk Library is a great place to sit down in peace and quiet and grind out some studying. In the heart of campus, this library serves every purpose with level one being the only non ‘quiet’ level, filled with computers and tables for groups to meet up. As you go up to level 2 and 3, the atmosphere deafens to the point where you can only hear the occasional sneeze or chuckle. There are countless study rooms scattered throughout the library (specifically on the upper levels), and with millions recently invested for renovations, Belk is certainly the go-to place on Elon for studying.

Hours:

For students, Belk Library is open 24/7 – 7 days a week

Community Hours vary during holidays, but remain from 8am-9pm throughout the year

2) Dwight C. Schar Hall

This massive new communications building shot up over the last 2 years. Entering Elon’s campus, this is the first building you see, with its modern architecture, yet classic brick feel. Schar Hall is filled with classrooms that go unused after 6 during the week, and naturally are empty on the weekend. There are study rooms and atriums that are almost always empty as well, and with a little bit of determination, you can find an entire room to yourself.

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 6pm

(As a Comm major, you have 24/7 access to this facility)

3) The Inman Reading Room

Located in Linder Hall, the Inman Reading Room, nicknamed the ‘Harry Potter room’ is a massive study room, that is underused by the Elon community. Accented with dark wood and antique brass fixtures, this room is dedicated for studying, and will give you the perfect peace and quiet needed. This is the first location on this list that encompasses the beauty of Elon’s campus as there is a massive window letting in natural sunlight, and giving you a beautiful view of Elon’s greenery.

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 6pm

(As an Elon Student, you have 24/7 access to this facility)

4) Koury Business Center (KOBC)

Almost exclusively referred to as KOBC, the Koury Business Center can comfortably hold 200 students during finals week. This study location often fills quickly, but offers comfortable seating, and great private areas to study with a friend or two. It’s also worth noting that the rooms tend to open up late during the week, and throughout the weekend allowing for almost twice as many students to comfortably study in KOBC.

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 6pm

(As a Business Major, you have 24/7 access to this facility)

5) Lawn in Front of the Mosely Center

Often referred to as ‘the humps,’ the lawn in front of the Mosely Center is freshly cut every morning, and tends to sit in the beautiful sun throughout the fall. While they’re may be some tanning girls distracting you, the lawn in front of Mosely serves as a beautiful, nature filled, studying spot. Bring out a towel, or just sit on the grass, you’ll never be more relaxed than you are sitting on the majestic humps in front of the Mosely Center.

Hours:

Monday – Sunday: It’s outside, so there is no ‘closing time,’ but when the sun goes down (8am-7pm)

6) Lake Verona

Accompanying her husband, Verona and Earl Danieley are legends amongst the Elon community. Lake Verona, located in the Danieley neighborhood is fairly large and has benches and swings around the border. This is a much more quaint version of the lawn in front of Mosely as Danieley isn’t connected to the main campus. This is the quietest ‘outdoors option’ as working in the grass or by the benches can help you ace your next exam in peace.

Hours:

Monday – Sunday: It’s outside, so there is no ‘closing time,’ but when the sun goes down (8am-7pm)

7) Global Commons

The Global Commons are a great escape from main campus, while remaining indoors. The Global Commons are located at the northern most part of campus, next to the athletic stadiums. These rooms are massive and tend to remain quiet. With giant glass windows, you will have an ample amount of natural light combined with a beautiful view. This is a great place to go during finals or other popular study times, as you will almost always have a place to sit.

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 6pm

(Open 24/7 to Global residents)

Whether you like studying indoors or outdoors, in a populated or unpopulated area, there’s something for you at Elon. Where one studies can be vital to a successful exam period. These 7 sites hopefully will allow you to find some quiet, beautiful, and most importantly open places to study outside of your dorm room.

Top 10 Professors at Elon University

Ever wonder who the best professors are at Elon? This list will cover the highest rated professors based on student reviews, combining teaching ability, workload, and enjoyment of the teacher themselves. You should be encouraged to take the classes these professors teach but know that their classes tend to fill up quickly. Here are the top 10 professors at Elon University rated by you, the people.

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1) Kelly Furnas

Kelly Furnas

Rating: 100%
Department: Communications

Courses Taught by Kelly Furnas

COM 350 – Learn More
COM 450 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Kelly Furnas

“Professor Furnas is definitely one of the best professors at Elon. He is very respectful of students and accessible in and out of class. Not too many assignments and he cancels class to have individual meetings with students to go over writing before assignments are due. No tests either! I can’t say enough good things about Kelly, would take again”

“Kelly Furnas is hands down, HANDS DOWN, the best professor at Elon. I would take every single one of my classes with him if I could.”

“He’s not so much a teacher as much as someone who shows us how to teach ourselves. He doesn’t spoonfeed us anything, we even have to come up with our own assignments.”

2) Gene Medler

Professor Gene Medler

Rating: 100%
Department: Performing Arts

Courses Taught by Gene Medler

DAN 100 – Learn More
DAN 205 – Learn More
DAN 214 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Gene Medler

“Gene is an incredible human, and he was born to teach. I am twice the tap dancer I was before I took his class. He gives individual feedback and will sharpen your technique.”

“He is by far one of the best men I have even known. Cares so much for his students and the most tallented tap teacher in the nation.”

“I love Gene and so will you!!”

3) Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Rating: 96%
Department: Finance

Courses Taught by Chris Harris

FIN 413 – Learn More
FIN 419 – Learn More
FIN 498 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Chris Harris

“Chris Harris is probably one of the best professors that I have had at Elon. His lectures are applicable to real life. Although this class was extremely difficult, I am so glad that I took this class with him!”

“I loved this class. It was really hard, but I learned so much I decided to switch my major to finance. I would say that if you go to class you will learn to actually look at things different.”

“Loved this class and this professor. Wish I could take more classes with him.”

4) Jen Dabrowski

Jen Dabrowski

Rating: 96%
Department: Science

Courses Taught by Jen Dabrowski

CHM 112 – Learn More
CHM 131 – Learn More
CHM 499 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Jen Dabrowski

“She is the best teacher I have had at Elon. On the first exam I thought I failed but she gives so many points if you understand how to do the problem even if you get all the numbers wrong.”

“She is the best teacher I have ever had. One of the only chem teachers that gives guided notes which helps so much.”

“I had Dr. Jen for CHM 111 and CHM 112. She is amazing!!! 8am’s are worth it when you know Dr. Jen is there to wake you up.”

5) L.D. Russell

L.D. Russell

Rating: 94%
Department: Religious Studies

Courses Taught by L.D. Russell

COR 110 – Learn More
REL 110 – Learn More

Student Reviews of L.D. Russell

“LD is the best, and so is his class. You will think deeper than ever before and walk out of the room glad you came to class. LD cares so much about each of his students and their learning experience. He calls his lectures “conversations” because he wants to hear everyone’s voice.”

“LD is more of a life coach than a professor. I ended up with him by chance my first semester at Elon and continued to take more of his classes throughout college. He is so incredibly engaging.”

“LD may be the best professor I have ever had. He cares about his students and lets them voice their opinions.”

6) Sharon Eisner

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Rating: 92%
Department: Communications

Courses Taught by Sharon Eisner

IDS 115 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Sharon Eisner

“She is the best! She truly cares about the success of all of her students. You can tell that she is so passionate about helping others overcome their fear of public speaking. She tries to make you feel as comfortable as possible and always builds you up rather than tough critiques.”

“She is one of the kindest and most passionate professors I’ve ever met. SO understanding – she’ll give you an extension on a deadline if you need it and her consideration towards you in and out of the classroom really makes you want to do your best.”

7 ) Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson

Rating: 90%
Department: Communications

Courses Taught by Tom Nelson

Com 100 – Learn More
COR 110 – Learn More
COE 310 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Tom Nelson

“Prof Nelson is great. It is a paper-based class, so there wasn’t a ton of work outside of class. However, he grades vaguely and usually gives everyone a B. But, if you put in a lot of effort and show improvement he will give you a higher grade.”

“Tom is a crazy guy no doubt. He likes to go off on tangents and talk about his life and make jokes during class.”

“Favorite teacher ever! Such a great guy and really cares about his students. Will help you out with whatever you need; teaches as well as gives a lot of life lessons.”

8) Damion Blake

Damion Blake

Rating: 90%
Department: Political Science

Courses Taught by Damion Blake

POL 161 – Learn More
IDS 222 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Damion Blake

“Dr. Blake is AWESOME! I loved taking IR with him. He doesn’t tell you up front, but he’s done a ton of awesome stuff outside of school has a lot of experience. Do the readings before class and talk and you’ll be fine. Lectures very easy to follow and listen to”

“Damion Blake is one of the best professors I have ever had. I took his Contemporary Politics class and it is immediately obvious he has an incredible amount of knowledge and insight about the world and politics.”

“One of the best professors I’ve ever had. Do the readings and participate and you will really have your perspective changed on the world.”

9) David Bockino

David Bockino

Rating: 84%
Department: Communications / Sport & Event Management

Courses Taught by David Bockino

COM 319 – Learn More
SPT 352 – Learn More
HNR 498 – Learn More

Student Reviews of David Bockino

“He is my favorite professor of all time. All of the lectures were extremely interesting and engaging, he finds ways to make the class enjoyable and creative. Be sure to do the readings for class but they’re pretty enjoyable anyway. Very fair, very enjoyable, really nice guy.”

“AWESOME professor. His lectures are clear and easy to understand, and you get the idea that he really knows what he’s talking about. He was fun and friendly with all of the students but did a good job of keeping things professional. His grades were very fair. Not necessarily super easy, but fair.”

“Professor Bockino is the best teacher I have ever had. He is such an interesting man, and he uses his professional knowledge (from working at ESPN) in the classroom, and comes up with creative and engaging assignments.”

10) Laurin Kier

Lauren Kier

Rating: 84%
Department: Sociology

Courses Taught by Laurin Kier

COR 110 – Learn More
GBL 190 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Laurin Kier

“You can tell she really cares about her students and wants them all to participate. She doesn’t care so much about grades and assignments as long as she can see you’ve put in effort into thinking deeply.”

“I thought I was going to hate her class. She is very liberal and I initially thought there would be a lot of bias and disrespect as I’m very conservative. However, I never felt so respected and valued for my opinion in such a polarizing environment.”

“Kier is a great teacher and as long as you show interest in the class, she will like you. Class discussions are great and make her happy.”

 

It is worth noting that some professors on here have lower percentages but many more reviews. These professors have incredible reputations, and while some students may have had bad individual experiences, these professors all received a 4.2 (out of 5) or higher on ratemyprofessor.com, and you will enjoy them all!

 

Notable Research Projects per Faculty at Elon University

1 ) Research Project by Jeff Carpenter

Faculty of Education: Connecting and Engaging with Students Through Group Me

This research done by Jeff Carpenter hones in on the advanced reliance students have on social media techniques to get ahead in school. With a brief description of what GroupMe actually is, Carpenter then goes into the possible educational uses a professor can utilize. Not only does he recommend this be used in the classroom, but also for internship communication from student to their respective professor. This research is unique and is the first of its kind!

2 ) Research Project by Karl Sienerth

Faculty of Chemistry: Ruthenium Centered Organometallic Catalysts For Benzimida Synthesis

Elon has more notable chemistry based faculty research than many people are aware of. This research specifically dives into human catalysts and the ability of new carbene complexities to possibly have a new function. While Sienerth isn’t the primary researcher, he was an integral part of this notable piece of work that could potentially change the chemistry field as it related to key human synthesis. The details can be seen by clicking on the link itself.

3 ) Research Project by Adam Aiken

Faculty of Finance: Hedge Funds and Discretionary Liquidity Restrictions

Aiken has a lot of experience with hedge funds, and it shows in his research. This specific research focuses on the liquidity restrictions (DLRs) on investors sharing during the financial crisis. There is an in-depth analysis that shows why DLR funds do not reduce illiquid stock sales and how DLR families face difficulties, and often end up cutting fees. Aiken has published in more than 3 financial research journals and is known throughout the community.

4 ) Research Project by Haya Ajjan

Faculty of Entrepreneurship: Social Media Use to Support Entrepreneurship in the Face of Disruption

This research dives into the international use of social media. Focusing in on Egypt, this research aims to see the practical use of social media for entrepreneurship in the midst of a country undergoing disruption. Contextually, this is compared with the U.S., as there is political hysteria in the States as well, and drawing comparisons almost always strengthen a point. In essence, what is social media’s role in promoting entrepreneurship, specifically when there are institutional voids.

5 ) Research Project by Steven Bednar

Faculty of Economics: Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?

Published in the American economic review, Bednar examines if female supervisors are more favorable to their female counterparts/employees. The research strives to show that there is no link between a demographic such as gender, by specifically focussing on NCAA D1 programs (seeing if women head coaches are hired/retained for longer). The research tends to agree with Bednar’s hypothesis, and there should be more research done on attributes of individuals rather than demographics to determine who benefits from others being in power.


 

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Top 5 Tips to Succeed in PHS 302 at Elon University

Global Health is one of the public health required courses. The class is generally filled up and has consistent discussions throughout each chapter. Much of the class is based on in class activities supplemented by a large project that accounts for 50% of your final grade. It is a 300 level course so it is not the easiest, but with some decent effort, and time management you can do great.

1. Don’t Procrastinate

In some classes, you can wait till the last minute and still receive a solid B or A, but not in this course. You need to genuinely do the research for the papers in advance so you can lay out your essay in a good format as well as be knowledgeable on the topic. There are weekly due dates for ‘articles in the news’ and ‘weekly summaries’ which highlight the fact that you should knock these out in advance as they become repetitive and easy to forget compared to some of the big projects.

 

2. Pay Attention in Class

Many students tend to doze off or space out in this class as much of it is discussion based. You can still succeed without paying attention, but it will be extremely hard to get over a B… By going to and paying attention in class you can understand the specific health issues within each subtopic that the professor personally prefers, allowing you to take advantage of this in your writing. You will also get a lot more out of this class if you stay engaged as global health and public health are constantly changing, and listening to the current events presented in every class helps you gain an incredible amount of knowledge in this subject area.

 

3. Use the Textbook

The textbook for the class is fairly dense. As there are no tests or quizzes, it is easy to get lazy with the reading. Regardless of doing the reading or not, the book should be used in your essay writing at the least. Quoting or at least using the ideas from the book will drastically improve your paper/essay grades. The textbook for this course has a great index and allows you to look up specific health issues around the world. Take advantage of this and try to reference the book as much as possible as the professor for this course tends to really appreciate that.

 

4. Participate

This is a tip you’ll hear for many Elon courses due to the smaller class size where the professors learn everyone’s names. They know who is paying attention or not, and if you can make 2-3 comments a class, they’ll remember that as well. Not only is this relevant for the teacher appreciating your work more as they acknowledge your respect for them, but it accounts for 10% of your grade. Discussion is a key aspect of this course, not only for your grade, but for your understanding. By participating in the discussion you will build your world view on global health, and ultimately learn a lot of information you wouldn’t have known otherwise.

 

5. Writing

As 50% of your grade comes from that portfolio previously mentioned, the writing in this course is extremely prevalent for your grade. The portfolio is a combination of essay based question ideas surrounding a country you select. Take your time on these, go to the writing center, and reread them. Again, these account for a large chunk of your grade so you should use the resources at your disposal in order to do the best you can for these large chunks of your grade.

 

Global Health is not one of the hardest courses at Elon, but it requires a consistent level of effort to exceed a B. Be sure to take your time on your work and go to class consistently as you can guarantee yourself a solid grade with these two tips in mind. By using all of these tips you can pretty much expect to see an A- or better as much of the information out there is easy to access, it just takes some time to do. Good luck in the world of public health, be sure to care about what you’re saying, and if you don’t fake it till you make it.

 

5 Tips to Succeed in BIO 106 at Elon University

Biology: The Science of Life work, counts as a lab credit, fulfilling one of the mandatory aspects of an Elon degree. This course specifically can only be taken by non-science majors. The course then predictably, is taught on a more basic level covering multiple basic science topics very generally. The course is not easy as there is a decent amount of busy work, and to exceed expectations one must show up consistently and do all of the work correctly. With that said, here are 5 tips to succeed in BIO 106.

1. Work in a Group

This is probably the best tip on this list as the work and projects for this class are all uniform in nature. The professors encourage working in groups to complete work, but it is not required outside of class. It is HIGHLY recommended that you find at least 1-2 classmates to do the homework and out of class assignments with. This will allow you to hopefully catch more tricky questions and get all of the easy points that you can for this course.

2. Do the Homework

This may seem obvious, but science is a major chunk of your grade in this course (15-20%), and is graded harshly. Doing the homework in this class isn’t just sitting down and putting what you think is right, you have to get everything exactly right or you get no credit for the problem. This isn’t to say that the homework is extremely difficult, it’s not, but often there are tricky questions that the whole class miss, and the professor will not be lenient.

3. Show Your Work

As previously discussed, if you get the final answer wrong, you lose credit for that entire problem. This is not the case for exams, as the professor is more lenient seeing as you cannot use outside resources during a test. Your professor will give partial credit for problems that you either followed the correct process with the wrong numbers, or rather got half of the problem right, and then wandered off to get the wrong answer at the end. Be sure to show your work to get the most possible points on your exams, which do account for over 50% of your grade.

4. Go to Class

Another tip that may seem obvious in any class, for BIO 106, there is a lot of work done in each class. There are labs done on a bi-weekly if not weekly basis depending on the subject at hand. On top of this there are daily assignments, smaller in nature, but all going towards participation and homework grades, which combined account for 30% of your final grade. Going to class won’t necessarily prepare you for the exam more as the information is basic, and repetitive, but you will miss A LOT of assignments.

5. Check your work

Again, in any class it is a good tip to check your work and review your essays ext. For this course though there are often small mistakes as you may know the right formula or answer, but slip up as there is a decent amount of work /questions on the homework and exams. As these mistakes are relatively easy to catch, you should be sure to always check your work, and a good way to do this is by using the earlier tip and forming a group and checking one another’s work.

Biology and science in general is not an easy course for many students. This course is purposefully dumbed down for non-science majors, but it is fair to assume that if you’re not a science person you will struggle a little. Be sure to follow these tips and do all of your work, and you will hopefully get an A!

5 Dating Activities to Do Around Elon University

Elon is often referred to as a bubble for its student mentality, but also because right outside of the college town in Burlington the atmosphere and development is nothing like Elon itself. While Burlington is known for its fast food and big box stores, there are some great places to go with your special someone for a nice night out. Here are 5 dating activities to do around Elon University:

Bowling

This may not seem too romantic, and frankly it’s not, but it’s a damn good time. Going bowling is a great activity to do especially in groups if you want to go on a double date or with a group and your girlfriend/boyfriend. Country Club Lanes West is located right next to the ABC liquor store on Church St. which is about a 5-10 minute drive from Elon. Every Wednesday they have 3-dollar bowling per game!

Movie

This is a classic activity no matter where you are in the world as a nice romantic and or action movie is always a great time. Southeast Cinemas by Alamance Crossing is right next to BJ’s and is pretty affordable (with a student discount). There is also a deal Elon runs that allows you to pay $8-10 a month and you get a ticket per week of your choice to see any movie. If you’re a movie goer, then this is highly recommended.

Dinner

This is the classic ‘date’ as it should be. Taking your special someone out to dinner is something that must happen to have intimate one on one moments and to keep one another happy. There are some incredible places within 10-15 minutes of Elon, but if you are really committed to a nice fancy night out there are 25-30 incredible places in Greensboro. If you haven’t gone on a one on one date with your loved one recently, why not do it now!

Conservators Center

The Conservators Center is a well kept secret around Elon. While the center itself wishes this wasn’t true, many students don’t know about its existence, but those who do rave about it. It’s basically a zoo for exclusively exotic animals. Sure you’ll get your llama’s and tigers, but there are some weird animals here. This isn’t the most romantic place to go, but it’s affordable and extremely unique!

Downtown Burlington

Downtown Burlington is home to the infamous Co-op, but also to some incredible unique and cool shops. It’s an extremely trendy town, with a population one fifth the size of a normal town like this. Due to recent investment in the area, some shops have opened up such as a Vinyl store, a Comic store, multiple smoke shops, local barbers, a small theatre, a crepe restaurant. The list goes on as these ‘cute’ fun activities are all encompassed in an afternoon in downtown Burlington. It’s a nice change of scenery and is highly recommended to try if you never have.

Next time you’re planning a date, check out one of these activities listed above. Try something new if you feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over. Feel free to go on double dates if you’re not quite sure, but it is fair to say you’ll have a great time if you go to any of these places. Enjoy!

5 Reasons to Join a Club Sports Team at Elon University

It is important to be involved on campus at Elon. This is true at any school, but as a smaller university there is an extremely high percentage of students involved with clubs and sports. This includes chess club, political groups, and more, but sports stand out as their own category. Intramurals are taken fairly serious by a lot of guys at Elon as there tend to be about 30 teams for men’s 7v7 flag football with about 15 people on each team. That’s upwards of 450 guys, showing that Elon is an active sports school, and the club teams are no exception. Without further adu, here are 5 reasons to join a club sports team.

1. The Sport Itself

Anyone who played a team sport in high school, whether it be JV or Varsity, knows that being a part of a team is an incredible and unique feeling. Your individual performance matters of course, but if the team doesn’t win, it doesn’t quite feel right. Going into college, only about 3% of high school athletes end up continuing that sport at the collegiate varsity level. For the other 97%, you don’t have to stop playing the sport you love, join club sports!

2. Social Life – Friends

Like what was said in the introduction, Elon’s students are highly involved in clubs and athletics. By joining a club sport team you automatically have a connection with 20-80 new possible friends. Regardless of your comfort zone, over time there is no doubt some of these teammates will turn into your good friends. Club sports is a great area to bond with other students through similarities as many Elon kids tend to have homologous backgrounds.

3. Social Life – Parties

More specific to Elon are the parties that come along with club sport teams. It is hard if not impossible to ‘go out’ at Elon prior to being 21 or if you are not involved in a frat (or don’t have a connection to one). You can absolutely talk around and find out what’s going on, but there’s a big difference between being a part of something and consistently wandering around campus. Club sports at Elon have mixers with sororities pretty much every week and this allows for all students on campus to mingle. So join a club sport team!

4. The Teams Don’t Cut

While this is not guaranteed for every club sport, the vast majority of club sports teams do not cut. Of course, there is a roster and only so many people can travel to away games, but the practices are extremely relaxed in comparison with the varsity level. For many student’s club sports is a way to play the sport they love in a calm environment simply to have fun. If that’s you, go for it, get involved for all the reasons listed here.

5. It’s a Work Out

Time is limited at Elon, especially with the extracurricular activities that students so often have. It is hard to make it to the gym or go on a run every day, so whatever club sport you play can now become your workout. Most sport teams practice 2-3 times a week with a game or two on the weekends depending on if you’re on the roster. This is a strong way to maintain cardio in a world where it’s harder and harder to stay in shape as there is fast food all around Elon’s campus.

Even if you’ve never played a sport and you just want to be involved socially on campus, club sports are for you. Club sports serve as a connector between students across campus, while still maintaining a competitive mentality for those who so choose. Join a club sports team, go to their social events, and get a good workout in, you won’t be disappointed.

5 Places to Go Out at Elon University

Elon University has a reputation for partying, and if you asked most students they’d say that the experience lives up to its reputation. That being said, the reputation and experience is often referring to off-campus parties, but there’s a lot more to do than these parties within walking distance of campus. Depending on the day it is actually preferred by many to go to a bar, and while there are only 2-3 bars around campus, the atmosphere is extremely lively and see students returning every week. Here are 5 places to ‘go out’ at Elon University.

1. West End

One of the most devastating stories of 2017 was the closing of West End. West End is known for its incredible Thursday night atmosphere and underrated for its consistent food. A solid bar to go to any day of the week West End has a great setup with a lot of space and affordable prices. Well GREAT NEWS, West End is being renovated and re-opened in the next couple of months. There are rumors of what will come, but it is known that a bar will be incorporated and it will certainly be a place to ‘go out’ for all Elon students as long as you’re willing to pay the cover if you’re under 21.

 

2. Fat Froggs

Fat Froggs is an incredible venue with pool, a stage used for small bands, karaoke, and trivia. Karaoke and trivia are the keys to Froggs’ success. Every Tuesday hundreds of students pack in the decent sized bar and play trivia with small prizes. The atmosphere is great, and it is a nice break from party life that can get repetitive. Thursday’s are similar, not as packed, but still an incredible atmosphere especially if you go with a good group of friends.

 

3. Paulie’s (Ex-Tony’s)

Pauly’s recently entertained a shift in management as it used to be called Tony’s, but for reasons that are relatively unknown, the name has changed as well as the leadership. Pauly’s tends to be a post-Froggs event or a secondary option. While it is not quite as large as Froggs, there is a solid backside to get some food that is delicious. There is some dancing here, but its mostly socializing. Again it is recommended that you come in a group because Pauly’s is the one bar where there will be some locals pretty much every day of the week.

 

4. Frat/Sport Parties

At the end of the day, Elon is ranked fairly high in terms of being a party school, and that is because of the consistent parties thrown by Greek life and Sports teams. While the bars and bowling are activities consistently seen throughout the week, once Friday hits (and Thursday’s for mixers) the night life turns to houses. These parties tend to start out slow but peak for a couple hours as music is blasted and everyone dances. Much of this partying is done by the younger crowd, but you’re sure to see some juniors and seniors too.

 

5. School Sponsored Events

This may seem lame, and frankly many students talk about such events this way, but until you’ve gone to the Elon Ball you should bite your tongue. These events can be smaller sometimes, but when they’re big alcohol is sold and many professors and leadership come and interact with the students in a mature party scene. The Elon Ball specifically should be taken advantage of as it is an event that pretty much everyone goes to and there is consistent dancing throughout.

 

No matter what year you are in school there is a place for you. All of the bars are 18 and up with a cover charge until you hit 21. Don’t be scared to try a new place, a new venue, a new crowd… You’d be surprised at the new friends you can make and experiences you can have. Worst case you have a terrible night and you at least know what and where you like to go. Go out and have some fun!

Top 5 Fast Food Restaurants Around Elon University

Burlington has the most fast food restaurants per-capita than any other city in the U.S. Some are not proud of this statistic, but regardless of how you feel, this opens up a lot of options that may have not been available to you in the past, specifically if you’re from the North. With that said, here are the top 5 Fast Food restaurants by Elon University.

5. Bojangles

Bojangles sounds southern, and it is. This is one of the fast food restaurants in the area that are unique to the south which serves as a nice treat for many students coming from other regions. Bojangles Chicken Supreme is their staple dish and you get your monies worth to say the least. This is about a 5-7 minute drive from campus and is certainly an Elon favorite. Similar to Taco Bell, many people knock it before they try it, and it is highly recommended that you try it once as the chicken is delicious and again you are certainly getting your monies worth with Bojangles coming in at #5.

4. Taco Bell

Coming in at #4 on this list is the famed Taco Bell. People often describe Taco Bell as disgusting and claim that they use fake meat. These people have likely never tried Taco Bell. Plenty of Elon students rave of the incredible amount of food you can get for just a few dollars. Always remember to order off the cravings menu as you can truly get a little bit of everything. Another huge positive for Taco Bell is it’s late closing time. Open till 1am, your options are limited, and if you’re not feeling the classic Cookout, then Taco Bell is a great way to change it up.

3. McDonald’s

McDonald’s is a staple in the American fast food industry. There are no shortages of them within a 10-mile radius as you can find 4-5, some within a mile or two of another one. While McDonald’s prices have increased to a certain extent in recent years, it’s quality has improved as well. You can combine a delicious milkshake with some delicious burgers, nuggets, fries, and even a breakfast burrito. McDonald’s will always have a special place in Americans heart for one reason or another, and its vast reach touches us all.

2. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A has risen to the top as an Elon favorite. There is actually a Chick-fil-A on campus at Elon (that is currently being renovated) but the options are limited. With that, there are then two Chick-fil-A within a 8-10 minute drive that see as many cars from New Jersey as they do from North Carolina. Chick-fil-A is beloved by those in the North as it simply doesn’t exist there. The curse of not being open on Sunday certainly effects their business here as Chick-fil-A serves as a hangover cure. The fries our beloved and Elon students will continue to love it as it comes in at #2.

1. CookOut

It should come as no surprise that CookOut takes the number one spot on this list. While some students go there for dinner, it is fair to say that 95/100 students at Elon have gone to CookOut after 2am for one reason or another. Cookout combines amazing taste, with low price. If you’re not getting a tray, you’re not doing it right (seriously it’ll cost a lot more money). What puts CookOut way over the top are their milkshakes. Not only do they have a vast array of options, but they taste incredible too. Cookout will forever be Elon’s favorite fast food restaurant.

Elon is surrounded by incredible Fast Food options. Burlington can be partially defined by its Fast Food and this should be taken full advantage of. If you haven’t already make sure to check all of these places out, specifically CookOut, because not only is the food amazing, but the experience genuinely creates memories that last forever.