The University of Kansas Honors Program

Uploaded by KU on 09.01.2013

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Ryan: I came from like a private college preparatory school.
Danielle: I went to a public high school.
Kelsey: I'm a first generation college student.
Greg: I went to school in a small rural Kansas town.
Stephanie: I grew up in Lawrence, so like a lot of other
Kansans, I didn't think I wanted to go to a school that was in
my home state, but coming into KU and especially being in the
Honors Program I have found that a lot of the students, I'd
say all of the students that we meet in our classes are also
students who had the chance to go to the best schools in the
country and all of us are that kind of caliber of student.
Danielle: I think that's one of the strongest elements of the
Honors Program.
It's just the fact that we have intimate classes and you have
that close relationship with your professors.
And to be challenged by not just your professors, but by
your peers and your classmates as well.
Kelsey: The first English class that I had was with
Dr. Maryemma Graham and it was an Honors English class and it
was the first time that I had been in a survey style course
with students who were, you know, really passionate
about literature and were really operating on this really high
intellectual level where they were driven and excited and
wanted to learn more and wanted to get more out of
everything they were doing.
Dr. Graham really pushed me and challenged me.
She knew I could do it.
Greg: I had this idea, like, I'd like to combine engineering
with a liberal arts and science degree.
And so for me, the advising really started the path that
I'm on too and then that path has been kind of what's, you know,
taken me all the way through school and it's what got
me some of the opportunities that I have now.
I've studied abroad five times.
I think the most fundamental trips for me have been the
ones I took to Central America.
I was actually able to use some of what I've learned in
engineering and we applied them to a problem there.
In that case it was a water quality problem.
The technical challenge was easy, it was actually
understanding the people and then understanding their culture and
understanding how that solution can be implemented
into their daily routines and their culture.
And it kind of got me interested in global development and how
we solve some of the world's most pressing issues.
Ryan: I'm a little bit competitive, so like in high
school I was always like one of the best students, you know.
I actually have a lot of friends that are in the Ivies and
they've been doing the same route I have, like MD/MD Ph.D
kind of routes, but I think I'm actually a little bit ahead
of them and my research is by far ahead of theirs as well.
So my Freshmen year I came in and I knew what I wanted to do
and like I had my course set and I had a great advisor and
she kind of sat me down and kind of challenged me with new
opportunities that I might be interested in doing,
like research for example.
She wrote the most amazing letter of recommendation to the
National Institute of Health.
I did some work with some cancer research and you know,
I applied for a research lab when I got back my sophomore year.
I got into a neuro-bio lab here at KU.
We found some really cool things about how neurons
develop and how that kind of relates to Alzheimer's
and different kinds of neurological diseases.
The awesome thing is that our lab just published the paper on
the work that I've been doing.
Stephanie: I became pretty close
with Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett
and I took her Honors child psychology class my
sophomore year.
And I think what's been great about my relationship with
Kathleen is that she's always there to answer any kind of
question you have, even if it's at the most awkward and
inconvenient time for her.
I had this moment this past semester where we had this like
major administrative, kind of like team building group issue.
And so I call her at like 3:55, five minutes before she's
supposed to teach and like thirty seconds later Kathleen's
calling me, and she's like, "What's up?"
And I think what meant the most to me later
is that later in the evening I
had a voicemail from her and she had called me personally just
to make sure that everything had worked out.
I think it's that kind of dedication that the advisors
have with their students that has really helped us all feel
really supported.
Danielle: Sophomore year I completed an internship for a
Democratic senator in Topeka.
I came home, my advisor said,
"What are your plans next semester?"
I handed him my class list and he said, "No, I think
you're going to D.C." And he said you know, "I did it.
I can speak from experience that I think you'll like it.
I think it will be a challenge for you in a good way."
KU has a really great internship program where every Thursday
afternoon you go and you meet somebody who is kind of on
the doing side of D.C., not just the reading and writing side.
So we met people from NPR and Google.
We met people that were doing non-profit work.
More often than not they were KU alumni.
My biggest day was when Hillary Clinton came
and testified and I was there a few hours before hand
because that's my biggest girl crush.
Greg: After graduation I'm going to be able to use some of my
engineering skills and some of my economics skills to work in
kind of a business position for a large energy company.
It's going to be great because I won't necessarily just be
doing a drafting table and designing things,
but I'll actually get to interact with people.
I'll be able to travel around the world and work with
governments and things like that
on actual policy challenges.
Kelsey: In September I'll be moving to Oxford England to go
to the University of Oxford.
I'm doing a Master's in refugee and forced migration studies.
Stephanie: I'm moving to Berkley, California,
to go to optometry school at UC Berkeley and I'll be
moving this upcoming Monday.
So I'll be in Berkeley for about four more years
finishing that up.
Ryan: I'm just going to try to apply for the Goldwater.
I've been doing a lot of research with my lab, so hopefully
things go well with that one.
Danielle: I'm on the path.
You know, if I wanted to I could take advantage of the
opportunities that KU and the Honors Program has provided me
and I could continue on this path.