The word 'community': Overused? Okay. Appropriate? Absolutely.

08.27.2009"So, I'm sitting in my bedroom in my freshly arranged apartment on Stewart St. (Garden Apartments, on campus by the library) listening to the sweet melodies of the Beatles, reflecting about the past few days of being back on campus, and thinking about all the amazing things I want to write about. But, I'm going to work on this whole ""focusing on one topic,"" so I think for blog number one I'll just tell you one of the main reasons I chose UD - the focus on community.

As everyone associated with the University of Dayton (UD) will tell you, community is a huge part of the mission of the university. I can't even remember how many times I heard the word ""community"" during the time I was researching UD, but I do know it was more than just a few. University staff even joked during admissions presentations that I'd probably get sick of hearing it. And they were sort of right. But, after talking with faculty and students and after living on campus and witnessing firsthand what it's like to be a UD student, I understand the obsession with the word ""community."" Because that is exactly what UD is - a community, a family.

I only knew one other person coming to UD when I decided to jump the Indiana-Ohio state line to come to college, and I was a little nervous about making friends and being comfortable here. But once I arrived on campus I knew that everything would be okay because UD's focus on community instantly made me feel welcome and at home. It's difficult to describe, but it was just a feeling that surrounds everything UD. This might sounds cheesy, but it's kind of like wrapping up in a big comforter surrounded by pillows - warm and safe and comfortable. My professors were (and still are) genuinely interested in teaching and willing to give extra help whenever necessary. And, the other students I had class with and lived with quickly became friends that I know will have for the rest of my life. I will definitely be writing more about these friends and the things we do on campus, but I think to start that now would be a little overwhelming.

So, I'll leave you with this. If you want a university with faculty and students that function like a second family, check out UD. And make sure to keep checking my blog for more exciting news from UD!"