A Taste of the Program

A survey was taken of current Honors students to provide a glimpse into life in the Honors Program.  Here are their characteristically quirky and grammatically immaculate answers...
 
What is your favorite thing about being in the Honors Program? 
 
"The best thing about Honors is the open minds of our classmates.  Everyone is at least a little in love with knowledge, and so theories, trivia, and talents are our social currency.  No joke is too geeky to be appreciated, and arguing is just a friendly pastime.  No matter what our differences, we share that same value - it makes a comfortable social environment in which to pursue academics with full enthusiasm."
-Jessie Uchacz, Class of 2009
 
"The best thing about the Program is the sense of community.  I also like having a common place in Hopkins House and being able to find friends there at any time of the day.  Really, any time of day."
-Chris Heinrich, Class of 2009
 
"My favorite thing about the Honors Program is the instant family you have when you join.  You become very good friends with your classmates pretty fast and even develop friendships with upperclassmen, which comes in handy when you are inquiring about studying abroad or picking classes.  It is a great support system, especially in your first semester of college."
-Kate Griffith, Class of 2012
 
"I love that I have a group that I instantly belong to.  I know the people and they know and care about me.  Also the resources available through Fr. Clancy and Hopkins House make many things possible."
-Sarah Dupont, Class of 2011 
 
 
What is your least favorite thing about the Honors Program? 
 
"The spirit of procrastination is contagious."
-Andrea Crow, Class of 2009

"Lack of sleep."
-Seth Morrison, Class of 2012
 
"We don't have cheerleaders."
-Ben Elder, Class of 2009
 
"My least favorite thing about Honors is the definite lack of large pots in Hopkins.  This unfortunate fact led to the overflowing of marshmallow cream, the regaining of dignity after having set off the smoke detectors, and the subsequent hours spent cleaning up the burnt mess."
-Angeline Nguyen, Class of 2012
 
"Angry students around finals time."
-Adam Friend, Class of 2011

"Everyone is smarter than me."
-Misha Bigos, Class of 2010
 
 
What is your favorite thing about the Honors classes and colloquia? 
 
"My favorite thing about the Honors colloquia is the discussion based atmosphere.  The professors are genuinely interested in hearing the class think out loud about a particular subject in order to gain a deeper understanding of that concept.  We are not lectured to and we have the ability to discuss what our views are.  This atmosphere is vital in order to further independent thinking and free expression."
-Demetra Davis, Class of 2009 
 
"We've all already got the basics down, so our classes tend to be less general survey and more in-depth analysis of a particular aspect of a broader topic, which I personally find much more interesting."
-Krys Brezinski, Class of 2011 
 
"We get to take interesting classes that we would not otherwise have the opportunity to take.  Father Clancy also listens to our input about teachers and does his best to make sure we have the best educational experience possible."
-Katie Billock, Class of 2011 
 
"The impossibility of knowing whether the class has done their reading or not from their ability to BS."
-Adam Friend, Class of 2011 
 
"I love that people know each other and so are not afraid to have discussions.  Furthermore, since all of the classes are linked it is easy to relate out side subjects (i.e. blend Kierkegaard and Methodist piety in a discussion).  That is nice, plus I love having classes in Hopkins House; I feel much more inclined to show up when I can grab a mug of tea from the kitchen and head upstairs to class."
-Sarah Dupont, Class of 2011 
 
 
How would you escape from a Turkish prison? 
 
"I wouldn't.  I'd write a memoir on bits of newspaper and toilet paper and become a millionaire once I got out, thirty-odd years later.  Then I'd mourn my family for an appropriate amount of time (hopefully I can get that done while on the book tour, so as not to waste time), and then promptly move into a New York penthouse and spend the rest of my life sipping champagne."
-Krys Brezinski, Class of 2011 
 
"I would totally MacGyver my way out with a shoestring, my retainer wire, and possibly one of my dangly earrings.  I would then use my political connections to avoid a second visit."
-Sarah Dupont, Class of 2011 

"I would probably do some Dzogchen (lucid dream yoga) exercise and walk through the wall undetected."
-Leslie Cabrera, Class of 2009
 
"I would call Sara Turner, whose study-abroad escapades probably made her loads of prominent political connections..."
-Jessie Uchacz, Class of 2009 
 
"I'm an Honors student, not a criminal mastermind.  (Although I know some who are both...)"
-Kate Griffith, Class of 2012 
 
 
What do you like best about Hopkins House? 
 
"Hopkins is a great place to connect with other Honors students.  I always pass through Hopkins when I am on campus so that I can catch up with others in the Program.  It is an important part of Honors because it helps build community outside the classroom."
-Demetra Davis, Class of 2009 

"The roof is arguably the best place on campus for late-night existentialist conversation.  Also I like the kitchen, for baking."
-Krys Brezinski, Class of 2011

"During the first two years at Gonzaga, when you're living in a dorm, the best part about Hopkins is just the fact that it's a house, and that you can share it with your Honors 'family.'  During the second two years, the best part about Hopkins is knowing that it's where you will find everyone else."
-Jessie Uchacz, Class of 2009 
 
"The fact that it's open past midnight!"
-Katie Anderson, Class of 2011 
 
"I love the movie collection and lounging on the couches while talking to friends.  I also like the view of campus from the porch."
-Ben Elder, Class of 2009 
 
"We have a plethora of movie nights in Mount Olympus on the big screen TV.  It also has all the cable channels, so it is a popular place for your daily dose of television.  We also have a fully stocked kitchen, which is way better to cook in than in the dorm.  Hopkins is a good oasis in the middle of all the craziness of college.  It is more of a place to socialize than to actually get work done, although I've heard if you snag a study room you can be productive."
-Kate Griffith, Class of 2012
 
"In addition to practically living at Hopkins, I'd say my favorite thing is baking at Hopkins; there is always someone to eat my cookies!"
-Lindsay Poston, Class of 2010 

 
What is your best Program memory? 
 
"My best program memory would be the first night of the Honors retreat at Camp Reed my freshman year.  All of us freshmen bunked in one cabin and shared stories late into the night.  It was a great way to really get to know your fellow Honors students, and this sense of unity and bonding has lasted throughout all my years here at Gonzaga."
-Demetra Davis, Class of 2009 
 
"Getting colloquium canceled because of an intramural soccer game."
-David Whitehead, Class of 2010 
 
"Playing Scrabble in Fr. Clancy's office instead of studying."
-Katie Beno, Class of 2009

"At the Bozarth retreat a dozen of us hiked through the dark to some nearby caves and went spelunking.  We squirmed one-by-one through this narrow, sightless passage and emerged into a big chamber that we filled with candlelight, and it felt like entering another world.  Then we returned to Bozarth mansion and wrestled in our sleeping bags and David Whitehead bench-pressed me like 13 times.  That was one of the happiest weekends of my life."
-Misha Bigos, Class of 2010
 
"My best program memory is the Honors intramural soccer team.  I have never played soccer before but everyone is so welcoming and supportive of each other, even when we kick and miss the ball.  Again."
-Katie Billock, Class of 2011
 
"Impromptu Hopkins rave upon the discovery of a strobe light."
-Adam Friend, Class of 2011  
 
"Once we covered the door with caution tape, put up a sign that said "Do not enter" and turned off the lights to make a certain professor think that class had been canceled.  It worked surprisingly well; she was deceived long enough to send away the two particularly studious students who had not been in on the joke.  When she eventually found us giggling in the seminar room, she exclaimed with all sincerity, "That's what I love about you Honors students - the sign says do not enter and you come to learn anyway!"
-Lindsay Poston, Class of 2010
 
 
How do you think the eventual destruction of Hopkins will come about?
 
"After an hour of frowning at, cursing at, and randomly hitting the printer, Fr. Clancy, overcome by his insurmountable rage, will single-handedly demolish every last beam holding up Hopkins."
-Michael Johnson, Class of 2011

"A meteor will demolish Hopkins, resulting from someone using a pronoun improperly in a sentence."
-Seth Morrison, Class of 2012 
"Ebola outbreak bred from the dishcloths in the kitchen."
-Sarah Dupont, Class of 2011
 
"Suffocation by kibble."
-Chris Heinrich, Class of 2009 
 
"Angry midget mob descends on Hopkins."
-Katie Anderson, Class of 2011 
 
"Probably bulldozers making way for new dorms."
-Ben Elder, Class of 2009 
 
 
What has been the most memorable quote spoken in Hopkins?
 
"The history of philosophy is the history of the people you would never want to see naked."
-Professor Di Maria

"I am not well."
-Fr. Ryan, professor of freshman Honors philosophy seminar (PHUN 102H)
 
"Non serviam"  - sign over broken toilet

"Wow. I have been in Hopkins for five hours and not done a single thing."
-Leslie Cabrera
 
"Crap, I don't know what the meaning of life is!"
-Stephanie Morris, studying for a philosophy quiz 
 
"Don't ever confuse specifics with intelligence."
-Mary Elder, Honors Class of 2008
 
"It is so a legitimate morphological paradigm!"   - on the word "googling"
 
"I would throw him down the stairs, but he wouldn't scream loud enough."
-Fr. Ryan, S.J.