What I learned in my first year at Elon: Grace Carter ’20

Grace Carter '20, a Lumen Scholar, offers incoming first-year students advice about beginning their journeys at Elon. 

Four years after first stepping onto campus at Elon, the Class of 2020 is preparing for its final year under the Oaks. Before a new class of Phoenix begin their journey at Elon, the senior class is passing on advice to incoming first-year students.

Lumen Scholar Grace Carter ’20 offers her advice in the next installment of ‘What I learned in my first year at Elon.’

Name: Grace Carter

Hometown: Washington, DC

Major: Biology

Campus Involvement: Lumen Scholar, Shirley Tempos A Cappella, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity

Advice: “The biggest lesson I learned during my first year at Elon was to say yes more. Say yes to that dinner with new friends you don’t know very well, say yes to opportunities to meet faculty both in and out of your field, and say yes to that cultural event your friend is trying to drag you to fulfill her class requirement. College life gets busy quick, and it’s easy to fall into the routine of class, Lakeside, more class and Netflix in bed. But, some of your favorite memories and most valuable learning experiences at Elon will be made when you step out of your comfort zone and say yes to something instead of hitting play on the next episode of The Office. Good luck, Class of 2023!”