One constant through my time here at Belmont has been the Honors Program. Since my first day of class, I have had the wonderful experience of being a part of this program in a very hands-on way. My past four years with Honors have been rigorous but worthwhile. The great opportunities I have received in this program, along with the friendships have made this program one of the most memorable parts of my time here at Belmont.
One of the best part of Honors is the cohort. I have built incredible friendships within the Honors program — these are people I never would have met if it was not for the program. These people are ones I have now worked with in different capacities of campus, in leadership roles, or in student organizations. I know that these friendships will go past the walls of the Honors House, and that these will be people that I can call on many years after graduation.
Another unique aspect of Honors is creating your own major or minor. Ever since my first day of Honors, I was intrigued with the idea of making my own minor. I eventually created a minor in Southern Studies that was approved by the Honors Council. This opportunity has been incredible, and very unique to Honors. With the approval of the minor curriculum, I have been able to focus my studies to the American South in sociology, literature, political science, and history. Looking forward, there’s a great possibility that I may want to work within the realm of Southern Studies, and these opportunities have given me a great base for in case I decide to work in this field in the future.
Finally, my most challenging, but possibly most rewarding part of Honors has been the Scholarship Track. In this track, I had the opportunity to create a thesis, which looks at the place of race in higher education in the South. Though this year-long project has pushed me to my end, it has forced me to dive head first into academic work and set myself apart while going towards graduate school and the work force. The faculty members involved in my thesis have been extremely helpful in the creation of this project, being patient, kind, and critical when needed. I am so excited to defend my thesis and be done with it next week, but it truly has been a cornerstone of my last year here on campus!
Overall, Honors has been an incredible experience! I wouldn’t trade it for the world, and I cannot imagine my time here at Belmont without it. If you want to learn more about the Honors Program, visit www.belmont.edu/honors.