Her love for languages and culture has taken her to France, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, and Brazil. Now, she hopes to use her new found language skills as she works towards earning her Master’s Degree.
Kaitlyn graduated a semester early with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and French. She wants to pursue a career with an NGO to promote the humanitarian cause. In January 2015, she traveled to Brazil to obtain an internship, learn Portuguese, make connections for possible future job opportunities, and teach English. She has served as Summer Scholars Counselor for the Emory & Henry Summer Scholars Program, Global Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Peer Mentor, and Peer Tutor. In addition, she was involved in Habitat for Humanity, Rotaract, Pi Sigma Kappa Sorority, and Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society. One of her favorite experiences at Emory & Henry is being one of the Global Ambassadors. She said, “I love getting to know other people and incorporating those cultures and diversities into our campus life.”
Who to better learn from than those who have experienced what you are experiencing now. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Kaitlyn a few questions that you as a Senior in high school or a Freshman in college may have been wondering about yourself.
Q: What is the Honors Program to you?
A: It is an environment in which I can learn, grow, and develop my personal and academic skills to the best of my ability. It is a group of people dedicated to learning, not only from each other but also from the world around them. Emory & Henry is a fantastic College, but the Honors Program forces us to siphon out every opportunity given to us during our time here.
Q: What advice would you give to first-year Honors Scholars?
A: Don’t be afraid to fail. Try, try, try and try again. It may be frustrating, but the Honors Program will give you the tools to overcome those obstacle and learn from each failed attempt. As Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” You are closer than you think, just keep pushing through.
Q: How did your involvement in the Honors Program influence your overall experience at Emory & Henry?
A: I would say it helped me to appreciate the school and to actually want to stay here. My first semester at Emory & Henry was rough, but because of the encouragement of Dr. Lane and the other Honors Program Scholars around me just through their desire to see me succeed was enough of a push to keep me here. I am grateful to be a part of a program that is focused solely on the success of its students, not the money, publicity, or future career tracks.
Q: What was the most rewarding aspect of the Honors Program?
A: Definitely the ability to study abroad in France which gave me the opportunity to take an externship with Gary Reedy in Brussels, Belgium for a week. Dr. Lane was able to make this connection for me which started up the Trustees Connection Initiative in order to get more students involved with trustees.
Q: How would you describe the character of the Honors Program?
A: We are an eclectic group of individuals. Eclectic in the sense that we are all very independent of each other, but this said, we are still a cohesive group striving for the same end goal.