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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Honors

Student Spotlights

Page address: https://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.


 

Tatiana

Tatiana Soboleva

Republic of Moldova
Junior
Major: Biochemistry

What are some of your hobbies?

Crocheting, drawing crayon pictures, photographing, skating.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

The Honors Program gives more opportunities to find skills or develop skills that you didn't have before. To experience a different approach to classes and the learning process.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

Participating in the Honors Upper Midwest Regional Conference.

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

Do not hesitate to try a class that has little relation to your major as you can learn from it much more than you expect.


 

Slade

Slade Baumann

Mankato, MN
Senior
Major: Computer Information Technology

What are some of your hobbies?

Playing video games with friends. Buying and learning how to use new technology. Recording music.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

There are so many activities going on outside of the classroom with the Honors Program. Lots of high profile people to meet and to learn from.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

Sitting in Anthropology with Alex Mozey and Nick Laxen. That class was awesome. Too many good memories in that class to mention.

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

There are experiences that I have had with Honors that I wouldn’t have even thought about if I just attended college. It’s a way to further your education while you are still going to school. You will meet a lot of cool people who strive to succeed and will help you succeed as well.


 

Ina

Ina Pae

Jeonju, Korea
Senior
Majors: International Relations, Gender and Women’s Studies

What are some of your hobbies?

I like cooking Korean and American fusion dishes and sharing them with my beloved friends. I also enjoy performing at several events with guitar or piano. Actually I am not a professional musician or cook. I just choose to do that because I can make good memories with my friends.

How is the Honors Program different from high school?

I feel like a lot of Honors Program activities intend to help Honors members to be global leaders. You will feel that people in the Honors Program care about you, not only for academic achievements, but also being competent in any environment. I was not a member of the Honors program when I was in secondary school but I was in a similar program. I feel like the Honors Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato is more advanced and professional. For example, I had a chance to do the survey for K-12 and kindergarten teachers and observe kids in a kindergarten class. It was an amazing experience and I discovered an interest in child development.

What is your favorite Honors memory?

The Honors Program always hosts good guest speakers and leads great discussions. I've enjoyed attending several events, such as learning about applying to graduate programs from faculty members and intercultural conflict style events held by the international center staff.

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

The Honors Program will offer you countless opportunities. I have made a lot of friends and learneded how to be a leader. I strongly encourage you to participate in the Honors Program and get connected with awesome people.