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Why should I be in an ELG?

Intellectual Stimulation. Current ELG students find their ELG intellectually stimulating and discussion-oriented. Writing is a big portion of every ELG, and students report that their writing improves greatly as a result. Students from the Film and Global Culture ELG report, "In other classes, you memorize what you need for the test and then you forget it. In this [ELG], you watch movies and you find things and it's like you're constantly building up on that – you're not forgetting it. You're just applying it."

"When I watch a movie now, I'm analyzing it. They could have done that better. Or that's really good editing. Or look at that music with that. I'm thinking always of different stuff."

Friends. ELG students talk frequently to one another about their ELG subjects, and they’re able to process these academic topics in community. Because they live together, they find study partners on their hall, and they’re able to study together for more than just their ELG course. One Energy and Society student said, "I think the best part about it is that it brings people from all majors together so you have connections everywhere. If you have a problem with this particular area, there’s probably five different people you could ask who could help you out. I think bringing all of us together is really helpful."

Great faculty. ELG students feel very comfortable with their ELG professors. Students find that these faculty members are available to talk after class and during meals, and they’re willing to offer informal mentoring on all manner of issues, some not related to the ELG. Most of Baylor's ELG faculty know Baylor inside and out, and their knowledge can be invaluable for new students. Here are some quotes from current ELG students about their faculty:

"They make us feel like a priority."

"We have weekly small group meetings every other Thursday. They are mentorship meetings and not just about energy. It's like you go talk about everything. The first few weeks, they were trying to help us with our study habits and our organization skills."

"For example, I had a paper due in my ELG and I didn’t do well on my first paper. So [my professor] took the time outside of class to sit down with me and show me: 'This is what you need to do and look for.' Now my paper looks really good."