10 Things Only Elms College Blazers Know

10 Things Only Elms College Blazers Know

Graduates of Elms College are a unique breed, and have experienced more than anyone knows.
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There's no doubt about it. Elms College is a special place to many who reside in the Pioneer Valley. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph (SSJ's) in 1928, the college has educated countless women; and more recently, men, using the four pillars Elms College alumni know so well: faith, community, justice, and excellence. While the four pillars are a more formal representation of Elms College, there are just some things one would only know if he or she were a Blazer.

1. Blazers give back.

Service to the community is arguably the most important part of any Elms student's four years. Think about it. The college was founded by a religious order. Elms College has a reputation for graduating the most service minded people in the area, making them highly respected and sought after post-graduation.

2. Jane from the Dining Hall genuinely cares for your well being.

Jane is there for you. Jane doesn't care if you're up for clinical at 4:30 a.m. looking like a hot mess or if you're heading back to the Dining Hall for your 3rd breakfast of the morning. Jane understands. She takes care of students and always greets you with a smile. And she supports the athletes! We need more Jane's in this world.

3. You can get anywhere on campus in 3 minutes or less.

Parked your car in B Lot and have class on the 3rd floor of Berchmans? No sweat. Rolled out of bed at 7:55 for your 8:00 a.m. lab? No problem. Small schools have their perks! So snooze one more time, you'll still make it.

4. The Rumble Seat.

Elms Night. 100 Nights. 50 Nights. No further words need to be spoken about this establishment.

5. Coach Condon and Sr. Carol know everyone.

It literally does not matter if you had either of these women as professors in class or played a sport at Elms College. Coach Condon and Sr. Carol make an effort to know all members of the Elms community and to make everyone feel accepted. You'd be hard pressed to find a graduate of the last 30 years who didn't know of one of these women.

6. Your car has been swallowed by a pothole in D Lot.

Oh, the struggles of parking in D Lot. As if finding a spot wasn't difficult enough, the potholes back there could swallow you and the state of Texas all in one fail swoop. If you consider yourself a tactical driver, however, you've managed to avoid a flat tire or a damaged rim, so congrats!

7. The Starbucks Cafe has saved you at least once during finals week.

Okay, so most schools have had their own coffee shop on campus for years now, but the addition of the Starbucks Cafe has worked wonders for the students of Elms College. Whoever came up with the idea to include Cafe points on your Student ID was a GENIUS! Save up those points for the end of the semester people. We've all had 2 or 3 or 9 coffees a day during finals at one point or another.

8. The rattling windows in O'Leary have kept you up at night...

Yes, O'Leary Hall has it's charm, as it is one of the oldest buildings on campus. With age, however, come a few "problems". Those old wooden windows rattle with the slightest change in wind patter. Thunderstorm? Forget about getting your 8 hours, my friends.

9. ... Or the heat in O'Leary has kept you up at night.

Are we living on the surface of the sun? Nope, just O'Leary Hall. Students have left their windows open in the dead of winter to escape the heat in their rooms. On the positive side, you were never too cold, were you?

10. Elms College will always be your home, even after you graduate.

It was hard for all of us to leave Elms College. The close-knit community made us all feel at home during our time here, but it's important to keep in mind that we may leave the community, but the community never leaves us. Elms College always welcomes its alumni back with open arms because our alumni are community leaders, mentors, and all-around good people. So as Jason Mraz once said, "hold your own, know your name, and go your own way", but always remember the way back to Elms College.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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