Exploring North Carolina!

Created by: Katie Smith, 2012-2013 Career Advising Fellow

Perhaps apparent from Mikki’s post, the past two months have been a whirlwind of new knowledge, experiences, and activities, and already, our time is flying by.

So far our time here has been a crash course in Career Services information and practices, in Elon University people and traditions, and in North Carolina culture, attractions, and even accents (hello, y’all!).

Accompanied by Ashley and other friends we have made across campus, Mikki and I have had the opportunity to explore the local Elon/Burlington area and also to visit some of the other NC cities in driving distance. In the nearby city of Greensboro, we have seen the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball team, we have been salsa dancing, and we even joined a kickball league!  We have also spent a weekend swimming and relaxing at the beautiful Wrightsville Beach about three hours away in Wilmington, and most recently, we also had a chance to visit the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte!

This past Saturday, Mikki and I had the absolute pleasure of advising the student-led Elon Outdoors whitewater rafting trip to Charlotte, NC, which is about two hours away from Elon. We were excited to accompany an enthusiastic group of 48 undergraduate students to this well-known park that also serves as a training center for US Olympians in kayaking. In beautiful weather, we ziplined, rock climbed, completed high ropes courses, jumped off of a four-story platform, and, of course, whitewater rafted! While we aren’t quite ready for the Olympics, we had a blast paddling our way through eddies and dips and taking cover for particularly fast plunges.

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So far Elon and North Carolina have been good to us and we cannot wait to continue exploring all that is nearby!

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