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?

"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

"I love the intellectual community. Passion and curiosity are contagious and Honors lets us bounce off of each other and mix things up between majors and disciplines while we come up with ideas and just have fun!" - Sara Reed, Class of 2015

"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

"The people, the people, the people." - Isaac Saldivar, Class of 2015

"The strong community you are instantly a part of and a network of older students who are willing to share their words of wisdom with younger students. Everyone has different interests and passions, but we are all able to bond over similar classes and professors and revel in our... unique sense of humor. Also, Father Clancy is a great guy, even if the printer gets his goat every once in a while (or slightly more often than that!)" - Aaron Danowski, Class of 2017

What is the most challenging part about being in the Honors Program?

"The spirit of procrastination is contagious." - Andrea Cros, Class of 2009

"Lack of sleep." - Seth Morrison, Class of 2012

"My greatest disappointment is that, while all students are passionate about their own disciplines, not all are necessarily passionate about the disciplines of others, or interdisciplinary dialogue. Some treat the core classes as obligation rather than delight. I also lament that people study what will make a good career, instead of choosing a discipline from the intersection of what the world needs most and what they most love doing." - Corwin Bryan, Class of 2015

"The most challenging thing about being in honors is trying to figure out who actually knows what they are talking about and who is just really good at blowing smoke." - Scott Davis, Class of 2014

"The program can be like a small town – everyone gets in everyone’s business. Like all good friends, we have to fight sometimes..." - Sara Reed, Class of 2015

"Sometimes being able to take extra credits at no extra cost can be a double-edged sword. Yes, it means that you can do all sorts of crazy major/minor combos, but you may have 7 finals exams to worry about at the end." - Tabitha Lovell, Class of 2015

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

"The impossibility of knowing whether the class has done their reading or not from their ability to BS." - Adam Friend, Class of 2011

"Honors classes are discussion based and as students we are able to really guide the conversation. Not only that, but discussions spill over into lunch hours and late night study sessions or paper writing/revising parties in Hopkins." - Aaron Danowski, Class of 2017

"My favorite thing about the Honors classes is that they are so discussion based, with tons of student involvement. Your ideas are needed for the class to function, so it really gets you integrated into the learning process. Instead of saying 'professor, teach me,' you end up saying 'professor, help me teach myself.'" - Macklen Scribner, Class of 2016

"We can argue all we want about pretty much anything, but we still love each other." - Isaac Saldivar, Class of 2015

What is your favorite thing about Hopkins House?

"Free printing, ever-present baked goods, the company, the amazing study parties..." - Tabitha Lovell, Class of 2015

"Hopkins is quirky - you never know what kind of community activity, philosophical conversation or culinary creation is transpiring." - Sara Reed, Class of 2015

"It is a great place to go and hang out as long as you aren’t planning on getting too much work done. You never know what you are going to be a part of, from building a snowman on the roof to catching up with friends and throwing class parties!" - Macklen Scribner, Class of 2016

"Hopkins House is like Pandora's box! There is always something more, something new, something exciting - whether that is a new book, a new conversation, or a new cookie recipe that a classmate is trying out. But even with all the new going on, it's still good old Hopkins - it never lets you down." - Mollie Picha, Class of 2015

What is your most treasured Honors memory?

"Pretending to bless people like the Pope does from his Pope-mobile that one time our bus stalled." - Isaac Saldivar, Class of 2015

"The times I stayed up until the wee hours with some of my dearest friends, talking philosophy or debating a topic of importance or, most importantly, sharing ourselves." - Corwin Bryan, Class of 2015

"My most treasured Honors memory would be at Camp Reed one year. Some peers and I stayed up WAY too late, looking at the stars over the lake, talking about life and generally philosophizing - because the program makes pretty much everyone an amateur philosopher!" - Macklen Scribner, Class of 2016

"By far: sitting with your best friends at graduation." - Lysh Labrum, Class of 2014

"We were sitting in Philosophy class in Hopkins when, quite unexpectedly, Spencer’s chair exploded. He was at the table and then all of a sudden he was on the floor with a bunch of kindling under him. We couldn’t stop laughing, including Dr. DiMaria." - Sara Reed, Class of 2015

"Meeting Zach Damby. I ended up living with him for 3 years, and honors was pretty much our only connection when we first met." - Scott Davis, Class of 2014

What is the most memorable quote spoken in the Honors Program?

"The history of philosophy is the history of the people you would never want to see naked." - Professor Di Maria

"Don't ever confuse specifics with intelligence." - Mary Elder, Honors Class of 2008

"Social security is kind of like a reverse insurance policy, you get paid if you DON'T die!" - Fr. Clancy

"Everything is funny until the asteroid shows up." - Fr. Clancy

"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

"Technical German, that's a snap. I can read Immanuel Kant a lot better than... fairytales." - Fr. Clancy