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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Honors

Student Spotlights

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/honors/studentspotlights/

Honors students have diverse interests and ideas. Major areas of study range from the sciences to the arts, while others are undecided. Generally speaking, honors students are inquisitive, hard working, interested in a variety of subjects, enthusiastic about learning, and willing to be involved in the life of their campus and community.


 

makenzie

Makenzie Petzel

Arlington, MN
Junior
Major: Social Work

What are some of your hobbies?

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing sports, running, reading, and volunteering as a big sister with the YMCA Big Sister Mentor Program.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

Taking classes for college credit in high school really prepared me for the work load and style of upper-level classes, however the Honors program has given me so much more. The small class sizes and challenges to think critically about my own values, experiences, strengths, and weakness in the area of leadership, research, and global citizenship has greatly customized my college experience to maximize my skill set that I can bring into the job market in the future. Also, being in the Honors program has helped me feel such a part of an academic community with other students dedicated to their academics and faculty who desire for us to achieve success and competence in the essential skills employers are looking for in our society. I love being a part of this community that is helping me grow not just as a student, but as a person.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

My freshmen year we went to an apple orchard as a program and I got to meet so many new people. The ones I came to know most on that trip are some of my closest friends in school now, and it was the first time I felt a part of the close-knit Honors community.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about joining the Honors Program?

For students thinking about joining our Honors program, think about what you want to get out of your college experience and what you are willing to do to achieve those goals. Think about the benefits of being a part of an academic community that supports you in not only your participation in the program, but in each individual major. As you do research on our program or any program, focus on the benefits of what the program has to offer and do not be afraid to ask both students and faculty in the program any questions you may have. If you feel that an Honors program is right for you, remember that what you put into the program is what you get out, and I know you will not regret your time here but be grateful that the program gave you as many opportunities as it did to grow and learn about yourself.


 

Annie

Annie Humphers-Ginther

Moorhead, MN
Senior
Major: Technical Communications

What are some of your hobbies?

When I have time, I love to read; my favorite authors are Ken Follett and Jodi Picoult and my preferred genres are historical and realistic fiction. I also grew up playing basketball and other sports, but don’t have as much time as I’d like to play them. I also enjoy traveling in and out of the States when I can.

 

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

The Honors Program is different from high school because it allows students to be in a communal learning environment within a larger school; we get to interact and network more closely with professors and industry professionals instead of just going through the normal, required school coursework. The transition from high school to Minnesota State University, Mankato is much easier for many Honors students because we aren’t thrown into the bowl of 15,000 other students with little to no guidance.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

My favorite Honors memory is living in the Honors dorm during my freshman year of college. There, I bonded and made friends with other Honors students while going through first-year college worries together and having a ton of fun.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about joining the Honors Program?

It never hurts to try being in the Honors Program; the worst thing that could happen is that you decide it’s not for you and you can leave. There’s no inter-student competition for grades or awards, so you can make the most out of a wonderful learning environment without the worries of comparisons and failed attempts. The Honors Program opens doors that you won’t even know exist and you’ll be surprised how many people are willing to open those doors for you since you're an Honors student.


 

Ali

Ali Oku

Nigeria
Sophomore
Majors: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Laboratory Science

What are some of your hobbies?

I love learning to speak new languages. I also love running and eating.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

I did not have an Honors Program at my high school.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

I got most of my favorite Honors memory from participating in the Honors learning community. One of my favorite honors experience was participating in the Echo Food Drive last year with my learning community. We helped gather canned foods from families in Mankato and donated them to the Echo Food Shelf.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about joining the Honors Program?

Go ahead! Join! I am very positive that any student who joins the program would never regret it. I have gain so much from the Honors Program that I want every student to join it.