Her devotion to providing fair and balanced news content sparked her interest in pursuing a career in the media industry.
As a Mass Communications and Philosophy double major, Senior Honors Scholar Catherine Wiedman plans to pursue a career as a reporter and editor for a newspaper or news source in a metropolitan area. Her goal is “to have a positive impact on [her] community by providing fair and balanced news and bringing awareness to issues that affect us.” Currently, she serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Whitetopper, a student run campus newspaper. In addition, she is the Vice President of Media Affairs for the Hermesian Literary Society and Ethics Bowl team for the Philosophy Department. To Catherine, her favorite experience at Emory & Henry is engaging in conversations with her professors. She said, “Every single time I walk into a professor’s office and just have a long conversation with her or him about our lives, I feel at home. It brightens my world to know that I am surrounded by so many wonderful people who truly care about me.”
We believe the best way to learn about our Honors Program is from our students. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Catherine some questions that you may have been wondering.
Q: How did your involvement in the Honors Program influence your experience at Emory & Henry?
A: My involvement in the Honors Program allowed me to realize my full potential. It sparked an intellectual desire within me that I had not felt in high school. Not only did the Honors Program allow me to thrive as a student, it has helped me set and attain personal goals for my success, personally and professionally.
Q: What was the most rewarding aspect of being in the Honors Program?
A: The most rewarding aspect of the Honors Program is being surrounded by like-minded individuals who strive for knowledge and success just as much as I do. I never have to worry about not being challenged enough or being forced to carry my peers in a project. I trust the members of my cohort to hold themselves to the same standard I hold myself. We constantly make one another question our beliefs and grow into enlightened members of society.
Q: Would you change anything about your Honors experience?
A: In my own experience, I would have liked to take better advantage of my support group within the Honors Program. I would have relied more on the ones who care about me and my success instead of struggling through stressful experiences alone. As for the Program itself, I would like to see more organized engagement of the E&H community beyond just the members. I would like to see more community involvement, especially from people who are intellectually engaged but might not have an outlet for their intellectual prowess.
Q: What advice would you give to first-year Honors Scholars?
A: I would tell First Years Scholars not to be intimidated by the Honors Program. It is here to allow bright students to reach their full potential and gain success in their life. It is not here to punish students for not reaching expectations. The standards are put in place so that students know their work is important and transformative. We are a family, not a competition. We support one another no matter what.