I went down Sunday afternoon and stayed the night in Knightdale with a good friend of mine. We were pretty close in college, despite being at different schools, but grew apart as our lives took us in different directions. We reconnected during a wedding this past summer, and have now seen each other more since August than in the last 3 years. Mexican, cheap beers, basketball, and just catching up was a great way to spend my Sunday night. I love friends who you can be yourself with - who you don't have to worry about what you say, what you're wearing, or anything, because they love you for you. It's so comforting.
Monday morning I made the 90 minute drive over to campus. First things first, I had lunch with my mentor. I worked for him for 4 years during college, and he truly made my Elon experience unique. I'm honored and blessed that we've remained close friends, maybe even becoming more so since graduation. I always call him first when I'm coming to Elon.
That evening, a group of 5 alumni now living in DC sat on a panel in front of 35-40 college kids, mostly seniors. Questions were about apartments, jobs, bars, our alumni chapter, where to live/not to live, rent costs, commuting, and everything else that is involved in moving to a new city. We were told that it would last an hour, and the other cities had drawn a crowd of 15-20 people. Thinking back to the last few years that we've done this program, we grinned when our session had almost 40 people and lasted about 2 hours. DC has such a draw of college graduates, especially for Elon. It's great to be asked to attend events like this, it always makes me feel good to be able to give back to my alma mater and fellow Elon family members.
Tuesday morning I got up and went back to campus to do some quick shopping at the campus shop. Then I stopped by Biscuitville, maybe one of the most amazing places on earth. A bacon egg and cheese biscuit and large sweet tea....yum. If you ever see one, stop - trust me.
How are you involved with your alumni chapter? Do you go back to campus often? If so, why?