After four years at an undergraduate institution, a student will probably see a variety of changes on campus, but few get to see large changes.
Rachel Henry, a fifth-year senior, has been able to see quite a number of changes on the campus, all of which have personally affected her own relationship to ENC.
Henry applied to ENC in the fall of 2010, but did not begin school until the fall of 2011. She applied after seeing her brother’s strong friendships created there, and realized that she wanted to pursue a similar experience.
“I made a lot of quality friendships here, and I have learned that it is about the quality and not the quantity of the friendships you make,” said Henry.
Henry, along with her friends, have witnessed large, dynamic changes on campus in such a short amount of time. In the past few years there have been a number of changes in faculty and staff at ENC, and Henry has been able to see the effects of these changes on and off campus.
“In my opinion, the previous RDs were more relational, relatable, and authentic to all students. This is not to bash the current RDs, but this is what I have felt and other older students have felt,” Henry said.
In regards to the changes in the Athletic Department, Henry was far more inspired.
“All of the changes in the Athletic Department are definitely creating a better atmosphere for ENC. They are sprinting in the right direction to increase our student enrollment,” Henry commented.
Henry has worked at the ENC cafeteria since the second semester of her freshman year, and she was a first tester of the new renovation of the cafeteria, which she comments made students far more socially integrated.
“Working in The Commons has given me a lot patience, and [the opportunity] to express my spiritual gift, acts of kindness, through supporting the cooks,” Henry said.
Henry is one student of few who have the opportunity to experience their school as fifth-year senior,.
“I would have not changed my mind about coming to ENC because of the experiences I have had, the friends that I have made, and the lessons that I have learned over the course of five years,” she said.
“Many would say that the grass is greener on the other side, but you have to put in the hard work and dedication to make sure your grass is green to make your experience or life better.”