In my university application essay, I would like to indicate that by getting admission into the university, I'll "gain access" to the university's rich cultures and traditions, which are over a hundred years old.
"Gain access" sounds overtly technical than the friendly tone I need. I thought of words like "inherit" but I don't think they fit the case here, because just by getting admitted to the university I'm not going to literally "own" all of their traditions ^_^
What's a good word in this case? Thanks!