My favorite day on campus

My favorite day on campus

Feb 4
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES

If you ask me, every day on campus is a good day. I love the people I see, the things I’m involved in, and the opportunities I have here. But, when it comes to picking a favorite day on campus there is one day every year that is hard to beat. It even trumps the snow day we had during my freshman year. It’s practically a campus holiday. It’s ExplorACES.

ExplorACES is a two-day open house that is organized by students, for students. This event gives future students the opportunity to visit the college, ask questions, and experience what it’s like to be a student in the College of ACES.

When I attended ExplorACES as a sophomore in high school, I had no idea that I would eventually be one of the co-directors helping to plan this event. It’s amazing to look back and think about myself as that shy sophomore in high school. I was scared to death to talk to any of the students, and I made my parents do all the talking. I was just glad to be out of school for the day.

My mom brought this memory up the other day when I was visiting with her about how the ExplorACES 2013 planning is going. She reminded me of that quiet kid that was transformed by the end of the day. She said I never stopped talking on the way home. I’m sure it was a long three-hour drive for my parents, but I also think it’s symbolic of the many three-hour car rides they’ve spent visiting for Mom’s and Dad’s weekends, Homecoming, awards banquets, etc.

As the planning goes on, I am continually thankful for the alumni that started ExplorACES while they were students, the parents and future students that attend each year, and the committee of my peers and ACES faculty who are committed to the success of my favorite day on campus, ExplorACES.

Ellen Reeder and Amelia Martens at ExplorACES