I feel like I benefited from my experiences in the Honors Program. First off, I feel like my writing skills were drastically improved by the honors courses I took. I also believe that my research skills were developed and strengthened. Many of the honors courses required research, so this allowed me to get great experience; and then of course the thesis was the BIGGEST help in making sure all I had learned from the different courses could be applied on a project that I mastered mostly on my own (with the guidance of Dr. Sanborn and my committee, of course). But this allowed me to better understand the processes that go into research and writing papers, and it allowed me to feel as if I accomplished something BIG on my own.
Also, being the in the Honors Programed allowed me to take classes and attend trips that I would not have otherwise partaken in. Even though Business in China almost killed me, I learned so much about a culture that ended up being very fascinating to me. I also confirmed my love for puzzles, codes, and encryptions through your Cryptology Class, and even realized that math can actually be fun. Without the Honors Program, I know I would not have taken Ferebee’s Humanities course, and I would NEVER have read some of the literature that he required us to read that actually taught me to think about society and life in a different way than I had previously done. I would not have heard of some of the songs that he shared with us in Rock-n-Roll History, and I would not cringe at the sound of someone saying “ummm” or “like” during a presentation, or correct myself when I say either word.
Honestly, I wish more students would be able to join the program or take the courses. I know these courses definitely challenged me, and they brought me out of my comfort zone (some more than others), and I feel like these are things that students get from their four years of college. They should be challenged, guided through different processes, and encouraged to work towards these things on their own (knowing that there are always people there to help them if they get stuck); they should be taught how to write, do research, and how to think for themselves.
As for things that I did not like, I did not like that there were no social standards to the program. I felt as if there should be a certain level of “honor” to the Honors Program. I know it is hard to regulate or monitor everything, but there were some things that I felt students in the program got away with that “tainted” the program…that lessened my sense of pride, so to speak, of being in the program. I know this is college and that students are going to do things and make mistakes, but I think there should be a level of responsibility that comes along with being in a prestigious program. I know there are academic repercussions if a student stumbles, but what about behaviorally? That was something that I wish the program contained. I feel that having consequences for certain behaviors, might would have influenced students to avoid those behaviors, or to at least be more conscientious with those behaviors.
Please let me know if there is ever anything that you need from me. I am so thankful for my opportunities as an honors student, and I hope to see the program continue and thrive in the future.
Megan Brabble – Honors Program Graduate and Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology triple major