Sometimes, when I tell people I go to a school of roughly 3,500 students, they just can't grasp why I'd want to go somewhere so small! But when I talk about what I did over Spring Break, most people agree I wouldn't have gotten the same opportunity at a big school!
I spent this Spring Break traveling around Florida with the president of our university, Dr. Baker, his wife, and the President's Club to Alumni events (and I got a pretty sweet tan in the process). To top it off, the Alumni office paid for my friend Lauren and me to tag along on the Florida trip to sing a couple of short numbers together at Alumni events and talk to Alumni--two things we both love to do anyway!
Lauren and I were asked to go on the trip in January. The head of our Musical Theatre program, Kirsten Osbun-Manly called us into her office to explain that, while she never asks Freshman to go on the Alumni Singers tours, most of our program would be busy during Spring Break either on the University Singer's tour, or our own department's Mexico trip. Kirsten chose to ask Lauren and I to go on the trip because we had helped her out with Auditions in Houston over Thanksgiving break (Lauren and I are both from Houston), so she knew that we could talk with people. It hit me that if I were in a bigger program, the head of the program might not even know may name, and I certainly wouldn't have built the sam rapport with him or her as I have with Kirsten!
At the events, I learned that the quality of the students of Ohio Northern hasn't changed since as far back as the class of 1945! From young to old, all of the Alumni that Lauren and I met were just as fun, friendly, and intelligent as our friends at ONU today. At one event, most of the Alumni graduated in the early 50's. They were all eager to share stories about the war, which other Alums they had dated before they wound up with their spouses, and what campus used to be like. Being a student at ONU was an instant bond to all of the Alumni; as corny as it sounds, we were treated just like family!
So, I spent my spring break meeting new friends (both Alumni and President's Club members), getting to know Dr. and Mrs. Baker before they leave, and getting a nice tan on a Florida beach (for free I might add)! All because I go to a small enough school that I get time to talk with and get to know my professors.