Incoming Honors Scholars bond through outdoor adventure and team challenge.
Although most of my drive from South Carolina to Emory & Henry and the tedious process of unpacking and organizing the (way too many) supplies I was trying to squeeze into my dorm room is kind of a blur, I will never forget my experience at the Honors Program Orientation at Camp Lutherock in Newland, NC. When I first found out that just a few short hours after I moved into my new dorm I would be whisked away with about 40 strangers, I was a little nervous—but it turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened for me.
The hour and a half ride to Lutherock proved to be an excellent time to get to know my new peers (which was a daunting task for me, as I’m from South Carolina and came in knowing no one). I thought it would be a stressful and awkward time filled with much (highly dreaded) ‘small talk’, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. By the end of the first night, my cohort could be seen gathered around a sand volleyball court, joking around and watching the sun go down against the awesome view of the mountains. The rest of my time at honors orientation was spent building this community and these friendships through activities like hiking through the mountains, participating in the ‘chef challenge,’ and climbing the challenge tower with my peers.
While my time actually spent at honors orientation was fantastic and something I’ll never forget, one of the most beneficial aspects of orientation didn’t actually come into play until we arrived back at Emory & Henry. I’ve finished about 2 weeks of classes now and I say that it is invaluable to have a group of peers that you know you can lean on and challenge yourself academically with, both in and outside of the classroom. And this sense of community didn’t stop with members of my freshmen cohort. Honors orientation gave me an awesome opportunity to meet many upperclassmen, which has been extremely helpful for me. It is reassuring to know that I can always go ask questions to or talk with someone who was in my shoes only a few years ago.
I am incredibly thankful I had this awesome opportunity to be immersed into the Emory & Henry College community so quickly, and my experience at honors orientation only served to solidify that I made the right choice in joining the Emory & Henry Honors Program.
BY: Katherine Meyers ’19