Now I didn't choose to attend UE because of the weather...if I had I'd be in warm and sunny place like Texas. I didn't choose UE because of the bustling city - seeing as I'm from the Chicago suburbs - Evansville doesn't quite compare. I chose UE because of the academic programs offered and the opportunities for career preparation.
However, something that I didn't expect coming to Evansville is the wonderful community you can easily become involved in and in which UE is definitely an active presence. I walk right across the street from campus to Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. The group of us college students that attend church there sit together on Sundays and enjoy being a part of a congregation that supports us and we can learn from. We were able to go to Haiti over spring break, enjoy free college lunches once a month, and are able to serve as well, such as at dinner events.
Through Physical Therapy Club at UE I've been able to go out into the Evansville community with events at nursing homes, Ronald McDonald house, participate in Operation Care Package and help a fundraiser to support those and their families fighting cancer - among many other events!
Through athletic training, we have a rotation sophomore year at ProRehab, shadowing athletic trainers and physical therapists working in the clinical setting. Our junior year we work with the surrounding high schools for our football rotations.
Through clubs and organizations here on campus, or even just on your own, there is an enormous amount of opportunities to get involved in the Evansville community. You may begin with the intent to serve, but the Evansville community has a wonderful way of giving back to you in fantastic experiences and relationships!