Parting Words of Wisdom to Future Honors Students

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As Scholars’ Weekend has come and gone and the school year is starting to wind down, I recently asked Honors students to share some advice that they would like to give to the rising Honors Class of 2020. Below are their wonderful responses:


Alexan Bailey (2019)

Don’t be afraid to speak with older members of the Honors Program. They’ve been where you are, are always willing to answer questions, and they’re great friends to have!


Annie Morin (2018)

The Honors Program is a program that can help you hone your unique strengths and passions, but you can’t do that without a lot of hard work.  Make sure you pursue opportunities and your individuality and stay open to new experiences!  The Meredith College Honors Program will be able to work with you and alongside you to help you reach your goals, no matter how far out of your grasp they seem.


Macy Allen (2017)

Don’t be afraid to try new things because you fear failure.


Bailey Benge (2016)

Jump right in!  Don’t be afraid or wait for your friends to do it with you-if you find something that sounds interesting to you or that you are passionate about, try it out!  Don’t be intimidated that you are a freshman!


Katie O’Dell (2017)

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Go on the Honors meet-up in the beginning of the year to make friends in Honors. Go on the Honors trip because it’s totally worth it.


Cassidy Cloer (2018)

Get to know people in the Honors Program, faculty and students. The Honors Program is full of people with great knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. You may need some of that knowledge at some point, but even if you don’t, it’s fascinating to hear people talk about their passions.


Ellen Cleary (2018)

Be proactive about Honors advising and don’t be afraid to take Honors Colloquium sophomore year!


Emily Chilton (2018)

Finding balance is hard but a good thing to do. It’s tempting for a lot of Honors students to either focus too much on work or let a little loose when they start college, and neither are good. Keep your work ethic and high standards you’ve always had, but allow yourself to chill out occasionally.


Arielle Boland (2017)

Don’t forget to get involved on with things on campus! Find a way to make an impact. If you do, you’re sure to have met lifelong friends and have a great four years here so you won’t want to leave when you graduate.


Kayla Hansen (2019)

Go on the Honors trip! I think it is especially important to go on the Honors trip your freshman year because it helps you become closer with some people you may not know as well. As a freshman I didn’t know many people but I just remember having so much fun with all the girls on the trip! I made new friends and got closer with some girls I already knew. It also helped me get to know some of the upperclassmen as well and experience the unity Meredith has to offer!


Katie Murphy (2018)

Be prepared to give every opportunity your all. Your faculty, staff, and student leaders are passionate and dedicated, and they will do all that they can to challenge and engage you. So be open to every opportunity and experience. You will gain so many new academic, career and character skills that will help you here at Meredith and beyond, but you will only get out of the Honors college what you put into it.


Thank you to everyone who contributed. My personal words of advice are to embrace every single opportunity that the Honors program provides: Jump right into the deep end, get involved, and consequently be surprised by all that you can do. Please comment if you have anything you’d like to share!


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