Tour Guide at University of Dayton
Class of 2020
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
I learned every word to "American Pie" by Don McLean because I was bored on a road trip to visit my sister.
When I was looking at schools, my older brother (who is a tour guide at UD) was trying pretty hard to convince me to choose the University of Dayton. I agreed to visit because I was already touring other schools in the area and it was a good excuse to visit my brother. I did not think I would fall in love with the campus, but I definitely did. To name a few reasons, everything from the beauty of the area to the Discover Arts Program, the walkability of the campus, the variety of available clubs and our awesome student housing culminated in my decision to become a Flyer. I am so glad every day I made that life-changing choice.
My favorite UD memory thus far is from November of my sophomore year. To make a long story short, my roommates and I (all of whom are amateur cooks) used our apartment's oven to cook a 19-pound turkey for our "Friendsgiving Feast." This served as a warm up for the real Thanksgiving festivities back at our respective homes. Even though we set off the fire alarm trying to accomplish our goal, the feast ended up creating a great memory and, perhaps, started an annual tradition.
Transitioning from high school to college is a change like none other. Embrace it readily – meet new people, develop friendships, continue to pursue longtime interests, explore new ones and make the most out of everything you do. Before you know it, your time in college will be over. If it's tough to leave, you've done something right.