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Posted On: Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:25 AM, by Margaret Burke
ELC Margaret in front of the Beta Lambda/College of William & Mary facility in Williamsburg, VA.
Since a very young age, I have always enjoyed researching colleges. I would anticipate the day when the newest "Fiske Guide to Colleges" hit bookstore shelves and would pour over US News and World Report's college ranking publications. Learning about different schools' traditions and what makes a college unique has always been extremely interesting to me.

One of my favorite things about being an ELC is the ability to see different colleges all across the country. As an ELC, I am able to visit a number of college campuses, experiencing campus culture and traditions all while gaining a glimpse into the lives of students at that particular school. It is also a different type of college visit, as I am not looking for a college to attend myself, but rather trying to learn as much as possible about a campus. It is so amazing to see these schools in person rather than reading about them in the pages of a college guidebook, as I believe that the college guidebooks do not do the campuses I have visited justice!

When I visited College of William & Mary in January, the campus was breathtaking. Walking around campus, which is only a few short blocks from colonial Williamsburg, was like walking through a time capsule. It was humbling to think that this is the very college that Thomas Jefferson attended and the location here Phi Beta Kappa, the first Greek-lettered organization ever, was founded in 1776.

The next campus I visited was Hanover College in southern Indiana. At this school, I was once again amazed by the beautiful and quaint campus. Although it is a small school, Hanover is composed of a very diverse and driven student body. Nearly every student I encountered was in an honors program of some sort and extremely involved in a variety of activities on campus, something that was inspiring to me. In addition, this campus physically resembles my alma mater, DePauw University, something that was comforting throughout my time on campus.

My third visit of the semester took me to Cambridge, Massachusetts, the home of Harvard University. The history and beauty of this campus was much more powerful than I ever imagined. I had seen the school portrayed in multiple movies, but never imagined it to be as beautiful as it was in person. The campus is stunning with a fresh layer of snow and exuded the quintessential college feel.

I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting each of these campuses and cannot wait to go on my remaining two visits to Ohio Wesleyan University and Randolph Macon College. It is a good thing I have already completed college because after visiting some of these schools, I am not sure how I could ever settle on one college to attend!

There are so many great colleges across the country and I look forward to seeing more of these schools in the future. Although each college campus is different form the last, all of the schools I have visited provide students with a diversified college experience. However, the common link among all of these campuses is the invaluable experience of membership in Kappa Alpha Theta that ties leading women together all over the world.

Margaret Burke, Alpha/DePauw University, Educational Leadership Consultant