Is Honors Really My Thing?

I have been involved with the Honors Program at Gardner-Webb since I first stepped foot on campus - initially, it was for scholarship opportunities and academic benefits, but I quickly got involved with the Honors Student Association (HSA), which is all about three things: spirit, service, and socializing.

That last "s" may sound funny, but the HSA does an excellent job of planning events for students to partake in. In fact, as a previous member of the Honors Executive Committee I can say that a lot of planning goes into these events. The executive committee takes into consideration previous participation rates for student activities, what students are interested in currently, and community needs. Last year, I served as a Freshman Representative. My main responsibility was to create the Honors float and banner for homecoming. In addition, I was responsible for relaying information to the freshman honor’s students and encouraging participation in our events.

 

 

 Our first main event for the 2017-2018 school year was called Big Sweep. Big Sweep is a camping trip dedicated to cleaning up the New River in West Jefferson, NC. Students paired off into canoes and paddled down the river, stopping the canoe at the sight of any trash. At the end of our float down the river, we took the trash and separated it into recycling of regular trash. This event is an excellent way to meet new people and serve the community! 

Our first main event for the 2017-2018 school year was called Big Sweep. Big Sweep is a camping trip dedicated to cleaning up the New River in West Jefferson, NC. Students paired off into canoes and paddled down the river, stopping the canoe at the sight of any trash. At the end of our float down the river, we took the trash and separated it into recycling of regular trash. This event is an excellent way to meet new people and serve the community! 

 Freshman Honors Homecoming Float and Banner. With the help of several Honors students our program placed first in the Homecoming Float and second in the Homecoming Banner competition! Last year’s homecoming theme was Bulldogs on Broadway.         

Freshman Honors Homecoming Float and Banner. With the help of several Honors students our program placed first in the Homecoming Float and second in the Homecoming Banner competition! Last year’s homecoming theme was Bulldogs on Broadway.

 

 

 

 This picture was taken at another popular Honors service event called Enchanted Forest. Enchanted Forest is an event put on at the Broad River Greenway for the community of Boiling Springs, where parents bring kids of all ages to walk the nature trails, play games, and get their faces painted. I enjoyed being a part of this community event and helped run the registration booth for families.

This picture was taken at another popular Honors service event called Enchanted Forest. Enchanted Forest is an event put on at the Broad River Greenway for the community of Boiling Springs, where parents bring kids of all ages to walk the nature trails, play games, and get their faces painted. I enjoyed being a part of this community event and helped run the registration booth for families.

 As Freshman Representative I was privileged to have the opportunity to travel to the National Honors Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. As other members of the Executive committee and Honors program took part in the competition, I observed and attended sessions about other Honors programs across the country, to bring innovative ideas home to Gardner-Webb.  

As Freshman Representative I was privileged to have the opportunity to travel to the National Honors Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. As other members of the Executive committee and Honors program took part in the competition, I observed and attended sessions about other Honors programs across the country, to bring innovative ideas home to Gardner-Webb.  

 This is a picture of the former membership chair of the Honor’s program, Alice Byrd, and myself. We organized the Annual Honors Banquet to celebrate a successful year, to show our appreciation of the Honors program, and to hold elections for the 2018-2019 Honors Executive Committee. 

This is a picture of the former membership chair of the Honor’s program, Alice Byrd, and myself. We organized the Annual Honors Banquet to celebrate a successful year, to show our appreciation of the Honors program, and to hold elections for the 2018-2019 Honors Executive Committee. 

 

Being involved with Honors has truly been a wonderful experience and has introduced me to many friends here at Gardner-Webb. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity I have had to be involved with the Honor’s program and would recommend it to any student wishing to be more active in the school and the community of Boiling Springs!

 

Liz Jacques '21, Nursing Student (BSN).