It’s hard to believe that May is almost here. May 1st is quickly approaching; the day many high school seniors have greatly anticipated. It’s the day that begins the last month of high school… In the spirit of college decision day, I thought I would share my college decision journey and the 5 things I love about Baylor University.
My college application process was quite simple to be honest. I knew I wanted to attend Baylor from the start of high school, so there was no real decision to be made. My mom graduated from Baylor, and so I grew up going to Baylor football games and cheering on the Bears. When it came time to choose a college for myself, it was pretty much Baylor or bust… 🙂
Since I had no real back up plan, I’m so thankful that God allowed me to opportunity to attend such an amazing university. I could go on and on about the things I love about Baylor, but here are just a few:
1. The Community
If I had to pick my #1 favorite thing about Baylor, it’s 100% the community here. Every time I visited campus prior to enrolling, I was always so impressed with everyone’s friendliness and the strong sense of community that filled the campus. I’m not just talking about the employees at the Welcoming Center or the tour guides; the students and faculty I met were so incredibly welcoming. This overwhelming sense of community did not end after enrollment either. On the day I moved into my freshman dorm, the dean of Hankamer Business school stopped by my room as I was moving in to introduce himself and welcome me to Baylor. Like, wow! Even after three years of being a student here, I still feel this type of community every day. It’s completely normal to start up a conversation with someone you’ve never met and even make friends that way. The community here is something like I’ve never experienced on any other campus.
2. The size
Do you prefer a large university or a smaller one? With about 17,000 students currently enrolled, Baylor is somewhere right in the middle. In my opinion, this is the perfect size. It’s small enough to where I see people I know every day, and I almost always know (or at least recognize) a couple people in my classes at the beginning of each semester. But, it’s not too small. There are still so many people I haven’t met, so the opportunity to make new friends never goes away (and it’s also completely possible to avoid people you don’t want to run into lol).
3. The campus
I will never get tired of walking around campus at Baylor. It’s so beautiful. Large oak trees cover the grounds and surround the classic redbrick buildings on the old side of campus. I could try to describe every beautiful part of campus, but it’s really something you have to see in person!
4. The professors
Obviously I can’t compare Baylor professors to those at other universities, BUT I think there’s something special about the professors at Baylor. Almost every professor I’ve had has taken a genuine interest in me and my success. They really care about their students. One of my professors this semester asked each of us to meet with him one-on-one during the first week of classes so that he could get to know us. It was a brief 10 minute meeting, but it really showed that he truly cares about each individually. Since Baylor isn’t a huge school, most of my classes are relatively small, so usually professors are able to know you by name. I think this is so meaningful, and I doubt professors at other universities are the same.
5. The traditions.
Baylor has SO many great traditions! I could write an entire post on just that. In the fall, we celebrate Homecoming with a bonfire, a huge parade, and Pigskin (which is a dancing/singing act that’s hard to explain — you just have to see it to understand it). Towards the end of the fall semester, Baylor celebrates Christmas like no other! A huge (live!) tree is put up in the middle of campus, and Christmas decor covers the campus. Right before finals, an event called “Christmas on 5th Street” takes place in the middle of campus. The entire student body, alumni, and families are invited to come together to celebrate Christmas and remember the true reason for the season. Toward the end of the event, the Christmas tree is lit in a huge celebration, which is followed by a dance party. It’s my favorite event of the entire year.
In the spring, we have a university holiday called Dia del Oso, which means “Day of the Bear.” This is basically a day off class where the whole campus comes together to have fun and “distress” during the midst of the business of the semester.
Like I said, I could write an entire blog post just on Baylor’s traditions. Those are just a couple of my favorites 🙂
There are SO many great things about Baylor. I am so thankful to attend such a wonderful university; it’s truly such a blessing. Everyone’s college decision journey is different, and there’s not a single college that is a great fit for everyone. If your beginning your college search, explore as many options as possible! There are so many great universities out there, and you’re bound to find one that is a perfect fit for you.
Sic ’em Bears!