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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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.


 

Anjola

Anjola Onadipe

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria and Mankato, MN

Grade: Freshmen

Major: Biomedical Sciences

What are some of your hobbies?

Playing and watching sports (soccer is my favorite), watching TV, getting to know people, and reading. I also used to play video games a lot.

 

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

While there is an emphasis on academics, there is also an emphasis on other things such as community service and being a global citizen.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

The fall retreat for incoming freshmen. It was nice to connect with many fellow honors students. Some of my friendships with people in the program started at the retreat.

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

The Honors Program is more than just a resume booster. If you have a desire to grow a lot as a student and person overall, you will have that opportunity. For me, the greatest benefit of the Honors Program is that it has helped me see that I have greater potential than I thought; in and out of the classroom.


 

Kellie

Kellie Wong

Hometown: Ankeny, IA 
Grade: Sophomore 

MajorBiochemistry

What are some of your hobbies?

Some of my hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, running on the MSU track team, watching movies, and reading books.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

The honors program is a lot different from high school in that you have the opportunity to pursue what appeals to you but at the same time being more responsible and independent. In high school you didn't have much choice about what classes you took, but in college you have free reign. What I love about the honors program is that it is competency based rather than credit based. Though all honors students have to fulfil the same competencies, it is very individualized and unique to that person. We have the power to determine which classes or extra- circulars fall under which competency and that allows us to incorporate what we love doing into our honors curriculum. 

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?

For students who are on the fence about joining Honors, I would say go for it. If you are looking for a way to challenge yourself, then Honors is the perfect way to do it. Honors lets you think outside the box and allows you to become a better well rounded individual. There are so many opportunities through Honors and friendly people willing to help. 


 

Sydney

Sydney Geisness

Hometown: St. Croix Falls, WI 

Grade: Junior

Major: Accounting and Finance 

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy playing volleyball, as well as many other sports or any activity outdoors. When I have the time, I like to sit and read a good book or even do a little sketching/painting.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

The Honors Program is much different than high school in terms of stepping outside of your comfort zone. The program pushes you to think on a larger scale, such as on a global scale, and allows you to challenge yourself with real-world tasks. The Honors Program is also different in the fact that it encourages individuals to form their own thoughts and ideas instead of relying on what they are told by their teachers.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

Some of my favorite Honors memories have been in the classroom. I like the small class sizes of Honors’ courses. It gives you the ability to really get to know your peers, have fun, and feel comfortable in the classroom. It also allows you to participate in exciting events such as American Indian Night or other workshops.

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

If you are looking for a way to step out of your comfort zone and learn more about yourself and the world, the Honors Program is a great place to be. It challenges you and gives you the necessary tools to feel confident about going out into the “real-world” after graduation. The best part of the Honors Program however is the support system of students and staff who are always willing to help.