The following is North alumna Sara Gostomski’s response to our questions about her college decision process, the student life and culture at Elon University, and more.

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Gostomski graduated from North in 2016. She is a part of Elon University’s class of 2020.

I applied for one of Elon’s teaching fellows programs after I got in early action, and I instantly fell in love with the opportunities the program offered, especially studying abroad and undergraduate research opportunities!

I went back and forth for weeks on my decision, and I revisited the schools I got into for accepted students events and just felt the most comfortable at Elon. 

I am very grateful for the opportunities that Elon has offered me, and I know that I made the right decision for me. For studying elementary education, Elon was perfect and provided me with so much experience to prepare me for my career after Elon.

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I get homesick all the time mostly because I miss my family. Elon was the furthest school I applied to and I thought I would have a difficult time adjusting, but my family moved away from WW-P my sophomore year of college, so I quickly adjusted to being in the south; although, I will ALWAYS miss the bagels and pizza. 

I love the professors at Elon! I built so many great connections with the faculty and learned so much from their guidance that I have been able to apply to my student teaching placement. The hardest part is that it is a very different place than WW-P, and I had a little bit of culture shock when I first got there, but learned to adjust.

Elon is a private school, so at times it has been described as a “bubble” where everything seems easy and almost perfect. However, if you take the time to get off campus and get to know the surrounding area, you can easily learn a lot about the community and yourself!

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