Elizabeth Walton is a first-year student who resides in Tanner Hall.
Elizabeth is always working hard to make a difference in her community.
Upon coming to Western Illinois University (WIU), Elizabeth joined 15
organizations, diving head-first into the community of WIU. In addition
to these organizations, Elizabeth is in the Military, and she is a
full-time Honors student double majoring in Law Enforcement and Fire
Protection. In the month of October, Elizabeth has gone above and
beyond expectations to build a stronger community both on her floor,
the WIU campus, and the Macomb community. |
Elizabeth lives on the honors floor in Tanner Hall, and during the
month of October Elizabeth was nothing but a positive and encouraging
presence in her community. At the beginning of the month Elizabeth
outlined the entirety of the bathroom mirror with colorful sticky notes
that had positive sayings written on them. Some examples were: “You are
beautiful” and “stay positive”. These sticky notes made a very positive
impact on the floor, as other community members gave thankful feedback
in relation to the sticky notes, many saying that they made their day
or that they gave them inspiration. In addition, Elizabeth attended
floor programs and gave ideas for new floor programs as well. On the
last day of the month, Elizabeth created candy packages for her floor-
mates. These packages were carefully pieced together and tied up with
ribbon, Elizabeth spent hours making these for her floor-mates. Again,
the entire community was thankful for Elizabeth’s contribution and the
positivity in the community continues to spread.
Elizabeth has also made a positive impact in the community of WIU
through her involvement in her organizations. In the month of October,
Elizabeth was elected to be on the executive board of one of her
organizations. In addition, Elizabeth volunteered at Hornfield Campus
where she helped exponentially with the Hornfield Campus Haunted Maze.
She was one of the first things that students and community members saw
when they arrived at the maze, and was not only friendly, but also
professional and welcoming. Elizabeth’s kind-hearted spirit did not
stop at the campus level, but rather extended into the Macomb
community, as she also volunteered at a homeless shelter during the
month of October. As previously mentioned, Elizabeth is enlisted in the
Military, and this month she attended Drill in Kentucky.
Elizabeth has not only exceeded all expectations of a first-year
student, but she is exemplary of what a successful student and leader
at Western Illinois University looks like. Elizabeth’s hard-work and
determination continues to impact not only her floor community, but
also the community at Western Illinois University, the town of Macomb,
and the Nation.
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