Transylvania is more than just a college, it’s like a giant family. There is always someone there for you to pick you up when you’re down, steer you in the right direction, and celebrate your accomplishments. I can’t think of a better example of this than what my close friend, Rachel, went through this past semester.
In the middle of the semester, Rachel unexpectedly had to be admitted into the hospital. Since she is my roommate, I know how studious she is! Even after having emergency surgery, she was only concerned about falling behind in her classes. From flowers to personal visits, Transy offered her a lot of support.
Ashley Gutshall, the Assistant Director of Residence Life, was very helpful in contacting people for Rachel to let them know about her absence from classes. Dean Jagger even helped her plan for the following semester while she registered for classes from her hospital bed. Dean LoMonaco also advised her to worry about getting better, not her classes. Dr. Wilson Dickinson, the Associate Dean of Religious Life, and Ashley Hinton-Moncer, the Director of Health and Wellness, also took time out of their busy schedules to visit her in the hospital. Multiple organizations on campus such as the Student Activities Board and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Club sent her get well cards.
This just shows how supportive the Transy community really is. I know that she was so grateful to receive so much love and support during her time in the hospital. I’m elated to report that Rachel is now at home and doing much better!