Her love of this region and her passion for education are the fuel to her daily work.
Mary Beth was a part of the first Emory & Henry Honors Program cohort that graduated in Spring 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Community Service. Currently, she is working as an AmeriCorps with Appalachian Sustainable Development and pursuing a Master's degree in Education with a focus area of Middle School Science.
Serving the community of this region has always been one of Mary Beth's passion and love. As a student at Emory & Henry, she served as a volunteer of an on-campus after school program called Highlands Project. She said, “Through this program and some of my courses, I developed a passion for education and the children in this area.” Since then, she has created and is the current coordinator of a after school program at a local elementary school. Her most memorable experience in the Honors Program is going to New York City as an upperclassman leader with First-Year Honors Scholars. After her first trip to New York City, Mary Beth had learned a lot from her experiences and really enjoyed sharing them with the First-Year Honors Scholars.
Who to better learn from than those who have experienced what you are experiencing now. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Mary Beth a few questions that you as a Senior in high school or a Freshman in college may have been wondering about yourself.
Q: Why did you choose Emory & Henry College?
A: I chose Emory & Henry because it felt like home. I cried when I left campus at the end of Summer Scholars Camp before my freshman year of high school and rejoiced to come back 4 years later. Of course, the scholarships also helped my decision. E&H was the school that seemed to want me the most and made the most effort to make college accessible.
Q: How did your involvement in the Honors Program influence your overall experience at Emory & Henry?
A: The Honors Program challenged me and pushed me outside of my comfort zone in ways that helped me to grow. I was challenged to push beyond mediocrity, find my passions, and work towards big goals. Most notably was traveling to NYC as a first-year and then again 2 years later as an upperclassman. This was an entirely new experience for me which really challenged me, but opened my eyes to traveling.
Q: What was the most rewarding aspect of being in the Honors Program?
A: There were many. It was very rewarding to know that I was in the first cohort of the program and would be helping to develop the program for all future cohorts. It was rewarding to know that the work that I was doing would affect many future generations.
Q: What advice would you give to first-year Honors Scholars?
A: Don’t take this experience for granted and always do your best. Being in the honors program is an honor, not a privilege. As an honors program student you are a leader on campus and someone to be looked up to, so don’t take that lightly. Also, you can do it! It will be hard, but don’t give up.