Saturday, May 23, 2020

My Favorite Things About Wake Forest University

The people. I have never met a smarter group of people. We are all nerds, who work hard and are diligent and get good grades. These people are also so loving and supportive. Wake is a bit competitive, but not really. Wake has the most well-rounded students. We all work hard but then are very social. At the end of the day, Wake has given me the most amazing friends and the most amazing support system. I am genuinely going to miss walking across the quad every day and saying hi to my friends. I have met my best friends for life, and I could not imagine a day without them!

The professors. Wake prides themselves on an 11-1 student to faculty ratio. All professors hold office hours. And all of my classes were taught by actual professors and not TAs. I have only had two bad professors at Wake. 
From freshman year, I knew that these professors at Wake would be supportive, loving and caring. Right before French class, in October of my freshman year, I got a text from my nephew telling me that my ex-boyfriend was in the hospital for a hockey accident. I immediately texted him, he didn’t answer, so I texted his brother and found out that he was illegally hit on the ice during the game and fell flat on his back onto the ice. He was in the ICU and the doctors were doing tests to see if he was paralyzed. This is the information I received right before I walked into French class. I was visibly distraught, and my French professor could tell. She asked me how I was, and my brain wasn’t even functioning in French. I told her what happened in English and she was so comforting and supportive. She told me to forget about the homework and the assignments for the weekend. She told me she was going to pray for him and his family. I thanked her and left. The following day, I received an email from her asking how I was and how he was doing. I was so pleasantly surprised to be receiving an email from her. That was the first example of kindness I had seen from the professors at Wake and that surely wasn’t the last. All of my professors go above and beyond to help and assist their students. 
I created a very close bond with Professor Barbour, my French professor that took the 2018 Dijon group abroad. She is like a cool aunt. She is so supportive and loving. I couldn’t have traveled all over France without her. 

The beautiful campus. Come on, name a prettier campus. In 2018, Architectural Digest named Wake one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America.” We didn’t need a magazine to tell us. Wake is one of the most beautifully landscaped campuses. You can’t help fall in love with its beauty the minute you walk onto campus. I blacked out during my campus tour in 2015, I don’t know why, but I do remember thinking how beautiful the campus was, and how it was so picture perfect. Every season it looks beautiful. We have beautiful red and orange leaves in the fall, beautiful cherry blossoms and tulips. We also have the lush quad.

The academics. This is an obvious. Wake is ranked #27 in the nation for best college. Wake is no easy school. I worked very hard to get there, lots of sleepless nights, lots of extra circulars, but I am so proud that all my hard work brought me to Wake Forest. I was a total nerd in high school, but at Wake everyone is a nerd! Wake Forest is commonly known as Work Forest. For every semester that I took 15 credit hours, 15 hours of class a week, I studied and did homework for 30-45 hours a week. I have learned to think critically and analytically. My mind has been opened to new ideas and new perspectives. I loved my liberal arts education. I learned so much and I am so proud to be a Demon Deacon. 

The sports. GO DEACS! I am one of Wake’s biggest sports fans. I try to go to just about every soccer, football and basketball game. I pride myself on staying for the whole game and cheering on my Deacs the whole time. I love to deck myself out in black and gold and wave my gold pom-pom around! I cannot wait to cheer on the Deacs in NYC every weekend with the alumni association. 

The person that I have become. I have grown tremendously over the past four years at Wake. It is hard to put into words how much I have grown academically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and in maturity. I am way more confident than I was freshman year at Wake. I am confident to raise my hand in class and share my ideas without getting nervous. I am confident and able to ask for help. I am happy! Wake has made me such a well-rounded individual. I am very social. I am very independent, more so than freshman year. I think for myself and I do things for myself. I don’t feel like I have to call my parents every 5 minutes. I am just so proud and happy to be a Demon Deacon. Wake is the best school and I would spend the rest of my lifetime being a student at Wake if I could.


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