Dear Prospective Honors Scholar:
I have always been the kind of person who loves to learn new things. I investigate the world around me independently in my free time. Thinking, thinking hard, is my idea of fun. I realize that seems a bit unusual, but I know for a fact that I am not the only person in the world who keeps maps on the walls, reference books next to the computer, and the Discovery Channel marked as a favorite digital cable channel. I know this because I go to class with these other people. I talk to them in the halls and invite them to my house to play poker and sing bad karaoke. We all belong to several groups or organizations on campus, we all like to participate in research programs, and we all apply for scholarships months in advance. We’re crazy busy, high achieving, and hard working students. And we all love being that way.
My sister once asked me what I do as an Honors Student. I explained that I get to take special sections of Composition and a few extra courses designed around making me a better thinker with a broader knowledge base. I tried to explain how great it was to do a little more with my general education classes too. I also told her about the senior project and how it was giving me a chance to do something as an undergraduate that many people don’t do until graduate school. She looked at me like I was crazy. But the truth is, she just couldn’t imagine that learning can be a natural high.
I think anyone is capable of being in Honors, but not everyone is interested in the true spirit of it. However, I think everyone should be. College is exciting. You do so much more here than earn a degree. You get to find out who you are and what matters to you. Being in Honors has given me everything I need to do that. I wish the same for every member of the Honors Program and every student at Black Hills State University.