We just wrapped up three fun days participating in the E-Experience program with Emporia State University where over three hundred new ESU students explored our downtown businesses as part of their sneak peek to life in Emporia. As the last group filed out of the shop I can't help but start counting down the days until they are back for the fall semester. I love how quickly the entire town fills with life as Emporia becomes a college town again each August. It's as if our sweet little town has awakened for the new school year. I'm always anxious to meet the students and never shy about sharing advice for the incoming freshman and newcomers to ESU.

Get Involved

A big part of your college education comes from outside of the classroom. Grow your time management, communication and people skills by getting involved in extra-curricular activities on campus and in the community. And this is a win-win because most clubs and organizations benefit your community as well with service projects and volunteer opportunities.



Show off your student ID with pride!

You'll likely find that many businesses have student discounts and specials when you show your student ID. The Sweet Granada does!

Be the best fan ever!

Nothing exemplifies the college experience like a rowdy student section at a ballgame. Paint your face and hear up to cheer on the Hornets! Trust me... these are some of the best memories you'll have some day of your time at ESU. Get your homework down early and don't miss the game!


My favorite advice is this: If you bring your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family and friends to The Sweet Granada when they visit, you have like a 100% success rate of getting some free chocolate out of the deal. Wink. Wink.

ESU Class of 2020, we are thrilled you decided to be a Hornet and can't wait to see your smiling faces in town soon! #StingersUp