Economics and Finance Leavenworth, Kansas
Biology Kendallville, Indiana
What matters is that we’re open to new ideas. If you’re not open to new ideas, there’s no point in being here… but this is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
I’ve learned that I’m a lot better at time management than I thought I was. Apparently, I’m the only one in the Honors Program that has a good sleep schedule! M A R I A CO N C H A VA Z Q U E Z
Communications – Graphic Design Querétaro, Mexico I didn’t know what to expect… . Sometimes I wonder, “What am I doing here?” For me, it’s more difficult because English is my second language. I love the fact that by learning so many new things, you realize that you really don’t know anything. You never stop learning.
Political Science Eldersburg, Maryland When you go to high school, you’re around friends and peers that come from the same culture and share the same beliefs. And then you come here and you meet people from all across the United States and around the world. You have to open your mind to different perspectives on certain issues. A big part of the Honors Program is that we have to come to a consensus on things. And that comes from disagreeing with each other, making arguments, but also figuring out a way to resolve differences. I want to become a better critical thinker…especially in political science and law. It’s good to diversify and see all the perspectives and views on a topic. So I want to become a more well-rounded thinker who can accept certain views even if I’m not aware of them. This is a great learning environment. It’s a place where you can speak your mind without judgment. When we have conversations, we all give our own opinions and yours might not be the same as mine, but we’re all understanding and accepting of those opinions.
Biochemistry York, Pennsylvania I think that there’s a lot of trouble with solving global problems because I personally see a lot of polar opposition…people organizing themselves into two separate groups, left and right. And it applies to what we’re doing in this program. This program is all about making connections through the liberal arts—it’s meant to see how everything connects with each other and works with each other. We need more of that in real life… B E T H A N Y M AG A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 | 47