Driven by her many passions, Rachael engages herself in a variety of activities to take full advantage of the liberal arts experience.

Rachael is a Senior Honors Scholar who is double majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies. She spent the fall 2014 semester in Meknes, Morocco to study the Arabic language. She then spent the summer of 2015 working in the Office of Governor McAuliffe as a Governor's Fellow. Rachael is the president of the Pre-Law Society, President of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, a Vice-President of the Hermesian Literary Society, a Supplemental Instructor, and a Political Science/Honors Program work study. She is the creator of and crafter for an Etsy shop called TabbyCatCrochet that allows her to share her love of crocheting stuffed animals. After graduating from Emory & Henry, Rachael plans to attend law school to study International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to help her pursue her passion for social justice.

The cohort system of the Honors Program has given me a core group of peers that have enriched the experience of Emory & Henry College’s core curriculum, which we worked through together. Honors housing has given me a home on campus filled with a mutual support group that challenges me to work my hardest even when I want to give up.
— Rachael Sharp ‘16
 Rachael explores the al–Hambra, an ancient Islamic palace, in Granada, Spain. 

Rachael explores the al–Hambra, an ancient Islamic palace, in Granada, Spain. 

We believe the best way to learn about our Honors Program is from our students. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Rachael some questions that you may have been wondering.

Q: Why did you choose Emory & Henry College? 
A: The Honors Program and the atmosphere of Emory & Henry were the greatest factors in my choice to come here. My interview for the Honors Program was also my first visit to campus; after that day, I was sure that Emory & Henry was going to be my new home. Just stepping onto campus and feeling the community atmosphere made me feel at home already, and this feeling was only multiplied by the warm greetings and helpful attitudes of everyone I met on campus that day. When I received my acceptance letter asking me to join the Honors Program, there was no need for any more deliberation; I had found my place.

Q: What advice would you give to first year Honors Scholars?
A: Be patient with yourselves. The first semester in the Honors Program can be tough for many people, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t belong. Ask for help and do your best and you will be fine; we brought you here for a reason. Also, make friends in your year outside of your cohort. While it is tempting to stay in the family where you feel safe, it makes the overall Emory & Henry experience much fuller when you expand your circle of friends outside of that group.

Q: How does your involvement in the Honors Program influence your overall experience at Emory & Henry?
The Honors Program has enhanced my Emory & Henry experience in every way I had imagined and more. Not only has being in the program enriched my academic experience at the college by always pushing me to do my best, but it has also helped me form a strong group of friends across class years through multi-year Honors housing. While Emory & Henry is small enough to feel like home on its own, the closely-knit community I’ve gained through the program has multiplied that feeling exponentially.

Q: Just extra work? What is the Honors Program to you?
To me, the Honors Program is a way to push myself every day. It is not just extra work; it is engaging, thoughtful work that forces you to think critically and do your best. The program is also a way for me to be involved in the future of Emory & Henry. Our students are truly involved in the growth and the development of the program in every way possible to build an even better program for future cohorts.