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Alaina Elgin

Name: Alaina Elgin
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Social Entrepreneurship/ Spanish
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Why did you choose Belmont?
I choose Belmont because it was the perfect size of a school. Enough people to never know everyone, but small class sizes where teachers know students by name. I fell in love with Nashville the moment I arrived on campus so that has been an added plus!

Why did you choose to be a Tour Guide?
I have wanted to be a Tour Guide since I started applying and visiting colleges. Besides being the spokesperson and representative for the school, which is an amazing honor, they get to walk backwards and tell people all the amazing things about Belmont….who wouldn't want to do that!

What is your favorite on-campus event?
Waffle Night the night before exams.

What is your favorite movie?
The Grinch- Jim Carey version obviously.

What is your favorite song & artist/band?
There is no way I could pick just one- I do love NeedtoBreathe but then can also be caught listening to hard rap. It truly is a toss-up for me. When in doubt, you never can go wrong with Christmas music.

What would you want to be your last meal on earth?
The largest bowl of lemon shrimp scampi a girl could get her hands on.

What is your favorite Nashville experience?
Oh my goodness- it’s hard to pick just one! However, Live on the Green concert series is always a hands down favorite part of my fall semester.

What is your dream career after graduating from Belmont?
I would love to have a job that allowed me to travel internationally and work on sustainability projects in developing nations. Jury is still out if that’s a real job in the real- post grad- world.

What is your favorite class that you have taken at Belmont and why?
Race and Ethnic Relations- It was the hardest class I have taken at Belmont and my favorite. Not only did our professor challenge us to think critically about the issues we discussed, but the class was taught during an incredibly tense moment in our history in regards to race and ethnicity. It was an incredibly eye opening experience and the lessons I learned as a result of that class are ones I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

If you could go back in time and give advice about college to 16-17 year old you, what would you say?
I would tell myself to stop trying to overanalyze everything when it came to applying to school. If the school feels right to you, go for it, no matter how terrifying it may be. College is one of the most amazing experiences in our lifetime- choose a place that will let you grow to be your best self and makes you happy- and from there everything else will fall into place!