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On the Honors College

The amount of respect here is unbelievable. Not everyone likes each other, but I think, at least, everyone respects each other. It really is a community. When the people here pass each other in the residence halls, they'll say 'Hi' to each other because they've had at least one class together. At first I was worried that it was going to be all these smart kids.

It's great having unusual conversations that I wouldn't have with the people back home because they might react like, "'What are you talking about?' But here, we have conversations like with Angelo in the lobby saying 'Well, how do you know that I can't fly?' Fun things like that…and philosophical things that you can't talk about with everyone.


If you go to any particular person here, he or she is likely to be involved in three or four different things. I know I've become a much more tolerant person because where I came from was very rural, a very small school with almost no diversity ethnically and very little diversity of thought. The diversity here helped me open myself up, and I think that's also very beneficial when you go out into the workforce. Because like it or not, you'll be dealing with people who have vastly different backgrounds, interests and beliefs. You have to learn to appreciate other people instead of feeling threatened by someone that's not the same.


That was by far my biggest concern when I came here, when I heard the term 'honors college,' and especially the term 'community of scholars.' I was really worried that it would be a really study-intensive, learn-all-the-time type of group. I was pleasantly shocked when I came here because there are so many different people and there were people just like me. There are people here that I can go out and shoot basketball with and there are people that I can discuss Plato with. There are a lot more people who are willing to do a lot more things. You might find somebody who is an excellent pianist, but also willing to go out and throw a football with you, or a hundred different things.


It really teaches you to learn to interact with a group of people where there are just so many ideas, and those ideas are so different from what you were used to in high school.

People here have a lot of differences and interests, things that you are involved with and things that you do, and each person is like that. Back in my high school, there were people like that, the people who always raised their hand. The people who volunteered to help with something were the same people who were in the theater section or on the basketball team, or in the chorus or in band. They did something. They didn't just sit at home and study. That is why they are here.