Living life at the “Happiest Place on Earth:” Inside the Disney College Program

Living in Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney World is almost every little girl’s dream. For Kristin Leechow, a rising sophomore at Elon University, that dream will almost become a reality over the next semester as she participates in the Disney College Program in Orlando. She won’t be living in a castle in the center of Magic Kingdom Park like Cinderella, but she will be working, studying and living at the parks with other students as a participant of the program. Leechow, an arts administration major with minors in dance, business and communications, first heard about the highly selective program on … Continue reading Living life at the “Happiest Place on Earth:” Inside the Disney College Program

The whole(30) truth about crash diets

Fad diets are nothing new. “Get skinny quickly,” “Lose 10 pounds this month,” and various other sayings of the sort plaster magazines at the grocery store and TV commercials for supplements and diets. What a lot of these diets have in common is cutting down on calories with the assumption that less food will equal weight loss. The dangers of such diets can be seen in eating disorders and unhealthy relationships with food. Not all diets involve cutting down drastically on just calories. The Whole30 diet is aimed at resetting your body to figure out if there are any foods … Continue reading The whole(30) truth about crash diets

Season for celebration: Mardi Gras at home and away

Mardi Gras was celebrated on Feb. 28 this year, although for those in New Orleans, the celebration is weeks long. With Elon only a 12-hour drive from the festivities, it’s not uncommon for many students to make the drive for a weekend of celebration. For those not able to attend the celebrations in Louisiana, the Catholic Campus Ministry, in partnership with the Truitt Center and LEAF, held a feast on Mardi Gras at Numen Lumen Pavilion. The on-campus event featured a live jazz band, festive decorations and plenty of authentic Louisiana-style food, from rice and beans to a jambalaya mix, … Continue reading Season for celebration: Mardi Gras at home and away

Love letter to my local Chinese restaurant

Going into my senior year of high school, I needed a job. My best friend was a hostess at the new Chinese restaurant that opened, and I thought, “how fun would that be to work together.” The language barrier was real and apparent from the moment I spoke to the manager, but I was hired and every weekend we spent time behind the front desk taking orders, packing sushi and stealing Andes mints from the wait station.

It wasn’t a hard job at all, and I caught onto the computer system really quickly. It was fun to play around and make up orders for people when it was slow. Eventually I started to loathe giving up my evenings after hours of dance rehearsals and was having serious FOMO about my senior year. When my last day came, I peaced out with my head held high, thinking I was above that place and thank God I was moving 750 miles away and would never stand behind that desk again.

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