Photo day with Erika

On Saturday afternoon my friend Erika went downtown in Burlington.

Then I went to the Elon vs. Wake Forest men’s basketball game in Greensboro Coliseum.

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I love Elon

 


Elon's quad

 

I have loved Elon since I first stepped on campus as a high school junior taking a tour. I decided to attend Elon because of its commitment to service, study abroad opportunities and size.  I have continued to fall in love with Elon for the faculty/staff and community.

As a freshman I got a job in as Tele-Counselor in the Admissions Office. The job includes  speaking with prospective students about upcoming admissions events and answering any questions they have. This year I am so excited to bring my work in the Admissions Office to a new level.

For winter term (the month of January) I will be an Admissions Intern and work full-time.  This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience working at the University in a full-time capacity, share my love for Elon and learn more about the Admissions process.

 

Elon phoenix

 

Featured Posts on Elon PRSSA Blog

Two weeks ago I attended the PRSA Tarheel Chapter’s professional development conference titled “Uncharted Territory”. I wrote three blog posts for Elon’s PRSSA blog about what I learned during the sessions.

The first one is here and it is about Jim Lukaszewski‘s keynote address and the Powertools of PR.

You can read the second blog post here about Alan Freitag‘s session on  the importance of international understanding and social responsibility.

The third and final blog post is here with my reflections on Ann Subervi‘s keynote address on ethics in the world of PR.

Stand Up, Speak Out.

As part of World Vision ACT:S leadership council I read a Bible study on the book of Acts and wrote a reflection for week 5 of it.  You can see the original page of my reflection here. You can download the six-week Bible study here.

ACTS + CALLING Reflection: Stand up, Speak out

11/01/2010 

 

A reflection on ACTS + CALLING Week 5, by Julie Smith, Elon University

I first learned about child soldiering while watching the Invisible Children documentary in high school. It frightened and shocked me to think that children, ones who have already suffered the loss of family and friends, are then abducted and forced to commit violent crimes. I was overwhelmed; but instead of doing something about it, I sat back. I thought that no one would listen to me.

What if, in Acts 16, Paul had done the same? What if he had shied away from helping the slave girl, convinced he couldn’t possibly make a difference? In that case, the occult spirit would have kept its hold on her, and her owner would have continued to exploit her. We would not have the story we have today.

Acts 16 proves we cannot stay silent about these types of issues. Even though Paul was just one person, he changed the girl’s life. We can do the same. We may feel small or insignificant, but what we do really matters.

Thankfully, after a few years, I have become passionate about fighting injustice and no longer give up so easily. In college, I got involved in the IC chapter on campus, participating in walks and raising money. When I realized I had not been using my voice, I wrote my elected officials about Senate Bill 1067, the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009. After attending Urbana in December 2009, I became an avid supporter of the Human Wrong Initiative against child slavery, as well as the Children Protection Compact Act.

Through our words and deeds, we can raise awareness and change legislation to fight the injustice of the world. So I encourage you to stand up and speak out. Even if you feel it won’t matter – it will. Look at Paul: he was an individual who made a difference to that girl and freed her from slavery.

Your actions do matter. You can save a life.