The following post was writer by Keith Norris, a senior at Appalachian State University.
From Kidd Brewer Stadium to Belk Library to Durham Park, there are so many unique places on the campus of Appalachian State University to fall in love with. My personal favorite spot on campus is atop the Rivers Street Parking Deck where you can find the perfect overlook of Boone and Howards Knob for any sunset. There is so much more that makes being a Mountaineer great, though.
- Mountains of Opportunity: Appalachian State University is truly another world when it comes to what you are surrounded by. There is no other university in the state of North Carolina that can compare to a setting of Boone and the High Country. From the four different (and chaotic) seasons we sometimes experience in a day to pedestrian-friendly streets we travel on a daily basis, Boone offers a truly unique environment. One great thing about being a temporary (and sometimes permanent) resident of Boone is the opportunity to find yourself on the Blue Ridge Parkway or finding hidden treasures in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Being surrounded by nature is a privilege within itself, so embrace the beauty for all its worth each and every day!
- The Appalachian Way: Students, faculty, and staff at Appalachian State pride themselves on the lifestyles we live here in the High Country. Sustainability and giving back to the world that has given so much to us is a main part of being a part of the Appalachian Community. When it comes to giving back, there are so many different opportunities and groups that dedicate themselves to community service and improving communities worldwide, such as ACT, AISEC, Greek Life, BSA, HSA, and many, many more. Members of the Appalachian State community are dedicated to making the world a better place by saving the globe, too. Sustainable Development at Appalachian is top-notch and has worked to preserve the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the globe for decades now, with improvements being made each and every year.
- Appalachian Active: Getting active at Appalachian State and in Boone is as easy as 1, 2, 3. On any given day, warm or cold, rain or shine, Boone citizens and Appalachian students get active in a multitude of ways, all because of what Boone and this campus have to offer. From the on-campus recreation centers, like the SRC, Quinn Center, and Mt. Mitchell, to biking trails surrounding the area, getting active is in the backyard of all Boonies. Some of my favorite places to get active around the High Country include Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, Boone Fork Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the short hike at Howards Knob Overlook in Boone! There are so many ways to live a healthy and active lifestyle in Boone, so take advantage of the world surrounding you and get outside!
- Community + College: Clubs, on-campus employment, concerts, movies, restaurants, and so much more. These are just a few of the things that help to strengthen the incredible community that is Appalachian State. On any given Saturday in the fall, you can find that community in Kidd Brewer Stadium as thousands of Mountaineers cheer on our Black & Gold. Appalachian is a close-knit community that thrives on the goals and wishes of the students. In addition to an involved student body, faculty and staff encourage a community through assuring no student is a number, but a name and a student. Smiles are found throughout at this wonderful school, even on the days that could give you frostbite. Embrace this community and it will embrace you with open arms.
It’s so easy to fall in love with this university. I fell in love with it within days of moving here. Yeah, we have our struggles and our problems, but what university doesn’t? We embrace both our strengths and our weaknesses. We work to better ourselves on a daily basis. We are a community that thrives on success, aspirations, and knowledge, but at the root of things, Appalachian is a loving body of people that wants nothing more than to grow and be the next best thing. I love this school and all it has to offer. Have you fallen in love with Appalachian (again) lately?