I have now endured two years of the honors program and have had the entire summer to reflect on my time in the program and at the university. Through constant reflection during the past two years I have gained fresh perspective on how I really feel about my experience with it all. So this is how I really feel about ALL of it:
I really enjoyed the opportunities that the honors program gave me. The volunteer/internship was the highlight for me. I loved the course work in my first year, I felt so challenged and engaged in what I was learning. I strongly disliked the video projects. I strongly disliked the extensive amount of time that was spent learning about Martin Luther--yet those experiences were still a huge learning experience for me. I could not be more appreciative of the people in the program with me. It is a blessing (and sometimes a curse) to be in a classroom full of engaged learners.
When it comes down to it I have no regrets--but I wish that there were something's that would've been clearer. Maybe I was blind to these things but still . . .
Here is what you MUST know if you are starting in the honors program or thinking about being in the honors program:
-If you commit to being in this program, you have to stay at Concordia University for all four years of your undergraduate career. If you decide to transfer NONE of your credits will transfer and you will have to start over.
-Because the program is faith integrated into learning, there is very little diversity. Even so it provides for an interesting perspective.
Things that must be known about the University:
-In general at the university everyone assumes you are Lutheran, unless you blatantly proclaim otherwise.
-The art program is hardly supported by the university in comparison with the athletics department--especially not financially.
-Do not recycle, will not recycle, have not recycled.
-Martin Luther is treated like a god.
These opinions are my own experience and in no way represent anyone else in the program or university. I mean no harm, I just need to share my truths hoping that they would inform a future student of the things I wish I was informed of.
***Special thanks to the honors program fer learnin' me some critical thinkin' skills and for giving me this blog to say whatever I want.