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Honors Facilitators

Honors facilitators lead this one-credit freshman course, Honors 198. Presented for the first time in fall 2010, it is intended to help incoming students adjust to college life, to build a sense of community, and learn to work with the Honors curriculum. The class is offered in fall semesters with upperclassmen serving as instructors for the sections. The Honors 198 learning community experience is under the guidance of Honors College Assistant Dean Robin Bond.


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Abbigail “Abbi” Kuck

Hometown: Billings, MT
Area(s) of study: Microbiology
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Work in a research lab and am an officer in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Hobbies: reading books, putting puzzles together, solving Sudoku

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? I joined the Honors College to experience learning in a different way.  The small class size and multiple subjects the college provides gives students a chance to connect with the professors and experience different fields of study. These features are what appealed to me and why I have stayed. I have also stayed because the advisors and staff care about you and want you to succeed.

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? What I like most about being a part of the Honors College are the multiple academic opportunities for me to grow as a student and an individual.  Studying abroad with the Honors College is a fantastic example of this. From my trip, I got to know more students in the college from different fields, experience a different culture, and study their language.

What does it mean to be an Honors College Coug/what does it mean to be a part of the Honors College? Being a part of the Honors College means to reach your potential in ways you possibly didn’t expect or realize. We are a community that strives for knowledge and experiences that help us grow as an individual and a college.

What is the Honors College experience? The Honors College experience is a deeper learning.  There is the understanding of facts and discussion of them, but we also are motivated to think more about what things mean and how to apply them. For me it has meant that learning doesn’t stop with understanding the facts. It includes asking questions and looking at problems or topics for all sides. I feel this experience has given me knowledge and understanding.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus in Thompson Flats, located right next to the Honors College. I like it because when the weather is warm you will see students enjoying the sun and when it’s snowy we will sled down in. During finals week, of my second year, we had a huge dumping of snow so my roommates and I used a laundry basket to go sledding.  It is one of my favorite places and memories.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen/what do you wish you had known or done your first year? Take it easy on the number of classes/credits in your first semester to get used to college life and enjoy it, especially if you have the room for it in your degree. Everyone here is different which makes it exciting and an enjoyable place to be. So be yourself and defiantly try something you have never done before, even if you don’t end up liking it the experience will benefit you in finding what you do like.

Favorite quote: “Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkien

Future plans/goals: After graduation, I plan to become a Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). The Honors College has helped prepare me through discussions about what I could do after graduation. When I mentioned becoming a MLS they encouraged me to find more information about it and told me about some people on campus to contact. The Honors College has been a huge support system for me by listening to me, giving me ideas, encouraging my ideas, and reassuring me that I’m on track with what I want to do.

Fun fact about you: Afraid of glaciers.

Something else you want to share? I want to learn how to ride a horse and snowboard.
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Alice Hiemstra

Hometown: Zillah, WA
Area(s) of study: Music (Oboe Performance)
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: WSU Ensembles, Washington-Idaho Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Resonate Church Youth
Hobbies: Picnics (I’m not kidding…I really love picnics)

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? I love being surrounded by people who love learning as much as I do.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? I have been able to present my research in conferences in Seattle as well as California, have received Honors specific scholarships, and have been introduced to many other opportunities through the Honors College faculty.

What do you wish you had known or done your first year? When I was a freshmen, I was fairly anxious about picking the right major and sticking to it. Although a major can be useful in putting you on track for a career you enjoy, it is not necessarily the only way to get there, and it does not have to be on a perfect time line. I started my college career planning on being an Entomologist, and am leaving with the goal of being an Oboe Professor. Keep an open mind, and stay in open communication with your professors; they are here to help you.

Favorite quote: “If you would like to pass your classes, a great start is to attend them.”          -Every Academic Advisor Ever

What do you love to do? I often say that I hate the oboe, but I love it too much to quit. Music is one of the most challenging aspects of my life, but also one of the most rewarding.

Fun fact about you: I once had a pet Black Widow Spider named Delilah.
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Alyssa Norris

Hometown: North Pole, AK
Area(s) of study: Civil Engineering
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Japanese

Curricular and extra-curricular activities: ASWSU (Associated Students of Washington State University), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), intramural sports, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)

Hobbies: hiking, fishing, reading

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? I joined the Honors College because I wanted to learn more outside of my major and the small class sizes appealed to me. I have stayed because the Honors College has pushed me and given me the resources and support to succeed, as well as given me the opportunity to meet other dedicated students.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? I have received scholarships through the Honors College which have helped ease the financial burden of going to school, as well as I have had the opportunity to travel across the United States to attend conferences and continue my education outside of the classroom. In addition I have had help applying for scholarships and have become involved in research through the help of Honors College faculty. I have met some of my best friends, and my roommates through the Honors College.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? I would advise incoming freshmen to get involved, try new things, and breathe. College is challenging, but if you have a good support network then it becomes easier, and finding something you are excited about outside of classes is a healthy outlet, and you might even find your new passion.

Favorite quote: “The question isn’t who is going to let me, but who is going to stop me” –Often Attributed to Ayn Rand, based on their book The Fountainhead

Future goals: I hope to help bring renewable energy that is affordable and reliable to the rural United States, particularly in Alaska. The Honors College experience has helped me learn more about the topic by helping me land internships, become more comfortable doing research, and providing me with opportunities to learn more about renewable energy.

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: “All Honors College kids do is study” – while studying is important to most Honors College students many Honors College students are incredibly involved with on campus clubs, sports, Greek life, and other extra-curricular activities. You really can be in the Honors College and do other things too.

Fun fact about you: I have been to 48 of the 50 states.
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Andrew Rink

Hometown: Puyallup, WA
Area(s) of study: Computer Science, Tuba Performance
Expected graduation year: 2019
Foreign languages known: German
Curricular and extra-curricular activities:  Computer Security Group (officer), Low Brass Collective (officer), Brass ensembles, Residential Technology Assistant
Hobbies: Soccer, reading mysteries, watching The Big Bang Theory and Seattle Sounders

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? I initially joined the Honors College for the small class sizes and the miscellaneous perks such as the early registration slot. I’ve stayed because every interaction with an Honors faculty member has been incredible, and the classes being taught are very interesting, allowing me to see a subject in a whole new perspective. The curriculum requirements have not added too much of an extra load to my schedule, and as an engineer I can use my Capstone project to fulfill my Honors thesis requirement.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? The relationships I built with the Honors College faculty helped as references to get an internship through the Voiland College of Engineering, as well as getting me the opportunity to perform at the Honors commencement ceremony.

What does it mean to be a part of the Honors College? To me, being a part of the Honors College means that I am committed to making the most out of my experience at WSU, as well as putting forth the effort to help others reach their own goals knowing they will do the same for you.

What is the Honors College experience? To me, the Honors College experience is a very tight-knit community of students who all utilize their differences in background, cultural, and career perspectives to push each other to greater success. The connections made between seemingly opposite fields of study are eye opening, and really teach students to think differently when approaching a new challenge.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far? My favorite Honors College class so far was Science Fiction and Philosophy taught by Dr. Shier. I really had no idea what to expect going into the class, but we began by discussing readings from Socrates and Plato, then eventually got to watch a few movies like The Matrix and Total Recall. I never realized how many scholarly principles were required to make these movies realistic, and having gone through the course I have a much different perspective on this genre.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? There are so many clubs and organizations on campus to get involved with, and for people like me it’s by far the easiest way to meet new people. I encourage everyone to just take the plunge that first year and join something that they think is interesting. Freshman advice: GET TO KNOW THE FACULTY! Everyone in the Honors College is very willing to get to know you, and you can make a much more personal connection here than with most of your other professors. They can be incredible references, and are very helpful resources for whatever information you may need during school.

Favorite quotes: “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do” – Walt Disney.  “Well, there’s nowhere to go but down” – my dad. A bit of background: I had just won first in state on tuba in high school, and my dad was joking with me as he said this. But he was very good at keeping me humble, and this is my way of remembering that if I’m too busy looking back at what I’ve achieved I’m never going to make any forward progress.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I enjoy staying active outside. My favorite way to relax is actually yardwork, whether that’s mowing the lawn and trimming bushes in the summer or clearing snow in the winter. It’s a great way to get my mind to shift away from school and have fun using some power tools.

Fun fact about you: I have played tuba for over eight years, and placed third worldwide in a competition my freshman year.
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Anna Crowley

Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Area(s) of study: Chemical Engineer, Chemistry, German
Expected graduation year: 2019
Foreign languages known: German
Curricular and extra-curricular activities:  Honors College 198 Facilitator
Hobbies: Hiking, rock climbing, reading, people watching

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Honors students and faculty are serious about excellence in scholarship and otherwise.

What does it mean to be an Honors College Coug? It means an investment in the future. Honors Cougs are passionate and driven and know how to have a good time, but see past the next few football games and past the next few years.

What is the Honors College experience? The Honors College experience is knowing that every faculty member wants you to succeed and will do whatever they can do make that happen.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far? My favorite Honors College class thus far has been a neuroplasticity section of Honors 390 with Dr. Meighan, because we learned how our brains work and how to take care of them.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: Don’t bring in any burnout from the last year of high school. Shake it off, take every single assignment seriously, and ask for help early and often.

Favorite quote: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” -Michael Scott

Future plans/goals: I plan to attend medical school and work in emergency medicine. My involvement in the Honors College is teaching me leadership and people skills, as well as a dedication to hard work and stewardship.

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: Honors is full of students from every social circle and every major, not just a certain group of overachievers.

Fun fact about you: I love going to the dentist.
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Bailey Frankovich

Hometown: Meridian, ID
Area(s) of study: Neuroscience, Psychology, and Spanish
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Research Assistant in Dr. Joseph Harding’s lab and in Dr. Walter Scott’s lab, Intern at Harvest House, Emergency Department Volunteer at Gritman Medical Center
Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking, going to concerts, and watching 80’s movies on Netflix

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? The Honors College provides the small class sizes and diverse curriculum of a liberal arts education while still having access to the resources and research opportunities of a large land grant university. In the Honors College, students are more than a number, and they truly get to know their professors, faculty members, and fellow students. There’s a strong sense of community.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? Even during my first semester at WSU, the Honors College provided opportunities such as being an Honors Hall Ambassador and forming lasting friendships with other Honors College Cougs. Since then, I have the Honors College to thank for helping me get involved in undergraduate research, giving me the opportunity to improve my leadership skills as an Honors 198 Facilitator, assisting me with paying for school, and now, helping me study abroad in Costa Rica.

What does it mean to be an Honors College Coug? Being an Honors College Coug means pushing yourself to not only excel in your major/discipline but to constantly pursue other opportunities for personal and academic growth. It means questioning your preconceived notions while strengthening your core values.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far? I thoroughly enjoyed my Honors 390 Study of Mindfulness class because I truly felt that I was learning skills that I could apply to my own life to decrease my stress and improve my focus. Plus, I got to practice mindfulness during class which was a much needed break during a grueling semester.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? Get started with undergraduate research as soon as possible! Reach out to research faculty that investigate topics that interest you, and assist in any way you can. The sooner you get started, the more likely it is that you will be able to be an integral part of a research study.

Favorite quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Hellen Keller

Future plans/goals: When I graduate, I plan to attend medical school to pursue my goal of becoming a Psychiatrist. The Honors College experience is helping me prepare by providing guidance and helping me pursue important opportunities such as research and internships that will improve my chances of being accepted to medical school.

What do you love to do? If I am not in class, volunteering, or studying, you can usually find me at the rock wall. Rock climbing allows me to get rid of stress while also pushing myself physically and mentally to figure out and complete a route.

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: Myth: The classes are a lot harder and involve more work. Fact: I always really look forward to my Honors classes because they are my most interesting, fun classes, and they allow me to explore topics outside my major that interest me!

Fun fact about you: I am writing this in San Ramon, Costa Rica, where I am currently studying abroad with help from an Honors College study abroad scholarship!
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Deepika Kubsad

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Area(s) of study: Biology
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Hindi, Kannada
Hobbies: Painting, Dancing

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? I was encouraged to join a research lab as part of my thesis and I ended up loving it! Connection and guidance from the Honors College staff is invaluable!

What is the Honors College experience? It has meant that I am able to expand my college experience and do things that I wouldn’t have thought to do!

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is the Thomson Hill! I love to watch the sunset from there.

Favorite quote:“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work!” –Colin Powell

Future plans: I plan to pursue a career in medicine so I really enjoy it when Honors classes integrate science into the humanities.

What do you love to do? I love to choreograph and dance for events!

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: Not all of us are book worms but all of us are passionate about learning!

Fun fact about you: I moved around 11 times around the world!
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Grant Norton

Hometown: Godalming, Surrey (UK)
Area(s) of study or teaching: Materials Science
Hobbies: Guitar, bird watching, opera, reading, walking my dog

What does it mean to be a Coug? Always looking out to help others

What is your favorite place on campus? Elmina White Honors Hall

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? Do homework on time and take good notes in class.

Favorite quote: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”

What do you love to do? Spend time with my family
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Jeremy Jarrett

Hometown: Madison, WI
Area(s) of study: English, Military Science, Comparative Ethnic Studies
Expected graduation year: 2019
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Editor for the Blood Orange Review, Member of QPOCA and of Raptor Club, Consultant at the Undergraduate Writing Center, ROTC Cadet
Hobbies: Going to the dog park, reading, running, Olympic lifting and Crossfit, video games, cooking, visiting dogs at the shelter

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? I appreciate the smaller class sizes and one-one-one communication with the professor. I’m better able to build a relationship with the professor, ask questions and engage in the classroom. With large classes, it can be daunting to speak up, and often times the professors in those classes are just lecturing. In Honors classes feedback and participation is always welcome. Additionally, the more Honors classes you take the more familiar faces you see. This builds feelings of community.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? For me, the Honors College helped me develop close friendships, learn about topics that I’d never thought I would learn about (such as Sci-Fi and Philosophy), and continues to inspire and push me to try new things. Being surrounded by driven, like-minded students inspires me to go above and beyond. I have yet to study abroad, but when I do it will most likely be through the Honors College. And now, being a facilitator for Honors, I’m going to learn and be challenged in new ways.

What is the Honors College experience? My Honors College experience has been different each semester, depending on the professor, topics covered in class, and how involved I was in Honors with each particular semester. Overall however, the Honors College experience has always equated to community. I have so many friends, both close friends and acquaintances, from the Honors College that I see daily around campus.

What is your favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the Crossfit gym in the Smith gym basement. There’s amazing equipment, energetic people, and friendly competition. College should be a balance of studying and having fun, and the Crossfit gym is a great place to have fun.

Future plans/goals: I’m going to graduate college with a major in English and two minors in CES and Military Science. From there, I’ll enter Army active duty or reserves. If I go reserves, I’d like to get a civilian job at a national park, publishing company or both. I’ll probably end up in Nor Cal with like 12 rescue dogs, too.

Fun fact about you: I’m really good at making pancakes!
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Joanne Kunze

Hometown: Maple Valley, WA
Area(s) of study: Neuroscience (Pre-Med) and Spanish
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Hospital volunteering, research in a lab and at the hospital, American Medical Student Association (Volunteer Coordinator)
Hobbies: Playing around with makeup, chinchillas, and friends

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? I love the emphasis on becoming a member of the global community. Through study abroad, I have been able to interpret for dentists in rural Guatemala, explore the historic architecture of Quito, and swim with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. It has been an adventure, and through it all, I learned more than I ever could have in a traditional University course. The Honors College also great opportunities to learn at WSU, especially through their diverse course options.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Honors College students are thoughtful, passionate, and caring people. I feel like I learn something knew or learn to look at something from a different perspective every time I speak with another Honors student. We group together in regular University classes as well – it’s nice to have people you know you can depend on. The faculty are AMAZING – they are always looking for opportunities for their students and will take the time to get to know each one and help them reach their goals.

What does it mean to be a part of the WSU Honors College? It means to be part of a small group of people with a big purpose.

What is the Honors College experience? The Honors College experience is getting to know the world from many different perspectives and trying to apply that to your own life. Regardless of your future goals or ambitions, the lessons you learn in the Honors College are priceless

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? My advice would be that no one really knows what they’re doing. We are all trying to figure out what we want out of life. College is such a huge transition, and there is a lot of pressure to figure out what you want to do. So sit back and enjoy the process – it’s worth it.

Favorite quote: “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind – even if your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn

Future plans/goals: My future goal is to become a primary care physician and work in underserved, primarily Hispanic communities. The Honors College has given me the opportunities to improve my Spanish and my resume for medical school. I can’t wait for what’s ahead!

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I love watching “Rick and Morty” and playing with chinchillas. That’s pretty much how I spend all my free time.

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: The Honors College is not “hard” – it forces you to challenge your world view.

Fun fact about you: My favorite blizzard is Oreo with extra Oreo. Yum!
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Keesha Matz

Hometown: Chehalis, WA
Area(s) of study: Microbiology
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Honors College Mentor and Ambassador, Undergraduate Research Mentor, Global Learning Ambassador, Molecular Biosciences Mentor
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, kayaking, traveling, spending time with friends and family

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? I joined the Honors College because I liked that it was a small college within a bigger university. You could get a well-rounded education within the small Honors community while having resources from a top research university. The Honors faculty were student-centered and it seemed like an environment set up for student success. I have stayed because it has been all those things and more! So many doors have opened with help from the Honors College. My college experience has been enriched because I have been able to study abroad, gain leadership with mentoring programs, engage in undergraduate research, apply for and receive scholarships.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? Mayo Clinic Research Fellowship this summer (2017), National Barry Goldwater Science Scholarship recipient, multiple Honors College scholarships, study abroad experience in Costa Rica for Summer 2015, researching in a laboratory on campus that studies viruses, presentations of my scientific research at multiple Honors Conferences.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? The Honor College students are great study partners. Honors College faculty are so helpful and kind. Whenever I have questions or am struggling with something I just meet with one of the faculty members. Additionally, once the faculty get to know you and your interests they help alert you to opportunities and application within your academic interests.

What is the Honors College experience? The Honors College experience means graduating with a well-rounded university education. No matter what your major is you will have the opportunity to become proficient in a foreign language, study abroad if you want, take part in internships or academic programs outside of WSU, learn about topics outside of your major through Honors classes, build lasting friendships and professional connections.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? Get out of your comfort zone and engage in different opportunities while you are at WSU. I was very nervous and scared when I first arrived at WSU but I was amazed at how many opportunities came about once I started talking with faculty and attending events on campus.

Favorite quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” -Helen Keller

Future plans/goals: I would like to go to graduate school and eventually work as a Biomedical Research Scientist. The Honors College has helped me to prepare for this future with experiences in scientific research and professional development that will be invaluable in the future.

 What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? Adventuring in the outdoors through biking, hiking, or kayaking!

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: Classes are major part of college but with good time management you will have time to participate in other activities.

Fun fact about you: I went on a bike tour through Alaska with my family for 2 weeks a couple summers ago.
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Maddie Ebel

Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
Area(s) of study: Bioengineering
Expected graduation year: 2020
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Resonate Church, First Year Honors Leadership Program
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, crocheting

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? The Honors College first caught my attention with promises of small class sizes. As a student from a very small private high school, the thought of 100+ class sizes terrified me. I didn’t want to feel lost in a sea of faces. As a student in the Honors College, I have loved building relationships with my fellow students, I feel more comfortable participating in class discussions, and have had more opportunities to get to know my professors on a more personal level.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? The Honors College students and faculty are incredibly helpful. I have found nothing but love and support from everyone involved in the Honors College. Whenever I have a question or need help, someone from the Honors College is the first assistance I seek.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is Reunion. It has all my favorite things: good food, comfy chairs, and friends! It’s a great place to hang out between classes when you want to get a bit of work done, but you also want to relax.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: It’s perfectly okay to ask for help! College is hard. Being away from home for (possibly) the first time is hard. Being surrounded by people who are basically strangers is hard. There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you are struggling or need help. I felt anxious a lot my first year, but after I sought help, I was able to overcome my anxiety and begin to build a home and a community at WSU.

Future plans/goals: My goal is to work in a biomedical research facility after graduation. Many Honors College students are involved in research through WSU. The Honors College provides opportunities to network with professors who you may eventually do research for and with.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I absolutely love cats. I have a calico cat named Chai (because I also love tea). She is a very spunky cat who meows back whenever anyone talks to her.

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: Myth: Honors College classes are more difficult. Fact: Honors College classes are often more hands-on and discussion based. I have found that I learn better in this type of environment.

Fun fact about you: I have a calico cat named Chai, who I adopted three years ago. She likes to drink tea and “help” me with homework.
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Maddy Gostin

Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
Area(s) of study: Psychology, Pre-Med, Chemistry
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: French
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Undergraduate research in the Lab of Alcohol and Addictions Neuroscience, student volunteer at Pullman Regional Hospital, Center for Civic Engagement pen friend mentor, Previous: ResLife
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, really anything outdoors! I also enjoy working out, playing soccer, crafting, hanging out with family and friends, and cuddling with my kitty, Kleo.

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? The Honors College has helped me to become a more well-rounded individual by allowing me to explore other areas of study outside my major. In addition, I enjoy that the Honors College emphasizes discussion based learning over tests and quizzes. The Honors College professors take the time to get to know students individually which helps to foster a better learning environment.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Although the Honors College is a smaller community within a large university, the students come from a wide range of backgrounds, majors, and interests. Because of this diversity, I have received the opportunity to be exposed to so many different viewpoints which have allowed me to gain valuable knowledge from my peers and think on a much deeper level. The Honors College faculty are very welcoming and enthusiastic about what they are teaching. I’ve never had an Honors College professor that wasn’t genuinely excited to help their students learn.

What does it mean to be a part of the Honors College? Being part of the Honors College means being a part of something bigger than yourself. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and opening your eyes to new perspectives of the world and those around you. It means challenging yourself to grow intellectually by immersing yourself in the countless opportunities that the Honors College has to offer. Finally, it means being surrounded by a group of students who share the same passion for learning, achieving, and growing.

What is the Honors College experience? The Honors College experience allows individuals to grow intellectually and personally. I believe that in the 3 years I have been a part of the Honors College, I have gained valuable skills that will help me to be successful later on in life.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far? My favorite Honors College class was on the topic of death taught by Dr. Starla Meighan. It was a really eye-opening class and challenged me to view death in a different light.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: My advice to incoming freshmen is to get involved on campus…find your niche here at WSU! WSU and the Honors College offer so many opportunities, you just have to be willing to seek them out.

Favorite quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

Future plans/goals: At this point, I’m not really sure what I want to do in the future. Although I am currently on the Pre-Med track, I have also considered becoming a Physician’s Assistant or Pharmacist. While I am unsure on the exact profession I want to go into, I do know that I want to pursue a profession in the medical field.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I love to work out and blast music while doing so!

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: All you have time to do is study, study, study – this is definitely not true! While it is very important to study, it is even more important to take care of yourself, engage in fun activities, and get plenty of sleep. If you don’t take the time for yourself, you’re likely to get burned out.

Fun fact about you: I plan to summit Mt. Rainier within the next couple of years!
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Madison Roberts

Hometown: Sumner, WA
Area(s) of study: Architecture
Expected graduation year: 2020
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Residence Hall Ambassador, UREC Yoga Fitness Instructor, American Institute of Architecture Students, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Honor Society, Emerging Leaders/ Crimson VIP
Hobbies: My favorite things to do include: dancing, hiking, listening to live music, watching movies, and going on adventures!

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? The thing I like most about being a student in the Honors College is the supportive community. I love having the smaller class sizes and getting to truly connect and interact with the professor and with the other students.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? The Honors College faculty are always willing to help and connect with students on a deeper level. The students are enthusiastic people who are supportive of each other and together create a tight-knit community.

What does it mean to be a part of the Honors College? Being a part of the Honors College means being pushed to be the best that I can be. From the support of fellow students and faculty to the endless opportunities, by being an Honors College Coug I am able to become to the best student and person I can possibly be.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is Thompson Flats because it is a large grass field that is a beautiful place to be at all times of the year. In the summer, it is great for picnics, while in the winter, it is a wonderful place to sled. At night, it is the perfect place to see the most beautiful sunsets over the Palouse. It is also right in-between my two other favorite places: Elmina White Honors Hall (where the Honors College is located) and Carpenter Hall (where architecture is located).

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? Some advice that I would give to incoming freshmen is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Go to events, meet new people, try new hobbies, and take all the opportunities that are here at WSU because you won’t regret the chances you took and you will always get something out of it.

Favorite quote: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Future plans/goals: My future plan is to get my Master of Architecture and later obtain my architectural license. Then I plan on working at a Seattle-based firm as an architect and having a cute little family while living in a cute little house.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I love to DANCE!!

Fun fact about you: I danced in the London New Year’s Day Parade in 2015 as an All-American Dancer!

Something else you want to share? Random Fact: My grandpa was on the WSU football team!
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Nancy Swanger

Hometown: Priest River, ID
Area(s) of study or teaching: Degrees are in education, courses taught are restaurant operations, professional development
Foreign languages known: Not always real great with English!
Hobbies: Reading, knitting/crocheting, watching sports

What does it mean to be a Coug? It’s something magical that happens on this campus and changes people for the better for the rest of their lives.

What is your favorite place on campus? Anyplace with a group of students!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? Always give more than you take.

Favorite quote: You can’t begin to think outside the box if you continue to color inside the lines.

What do you love to do? Tell stories that make people laugh.

Fun fact about you: I am married to my junior high sweetheart.
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Parth Chandak

Hometown: Pune, Maharashtra (India)
Area(s) of study: Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Hindi, Marathi, Marwari, German
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Honors 198 Facilitator, Robotics Club, Indian Students Association, Residence Life, Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute
Hobbies: Guitar, Swimming, Table Tennis, Sketching, Laser Engraving, 3D Printing

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? Class sizes, teachers and flexibility of courses! Honors 198 Facilitators! Staff!

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Very helpful, kind and supportive. They will go out of the way to help you or get help for you. Very intelligent yet humble faculty as well as students. They always try to voice others opinions before placing their own. They create a very safe environment so that each individual feels like they can contribute. Mistakes are allowed – no one at Honors College has ever demotivated me because I did something wrong. I always feel that I learn from my mistakes and this though reverberates through the Honors College Faculty and staff.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: Talk to as many people as you can. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. If you believe in yourself, you can do a lot of things easily!

Favorite quote:
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment” – Tony Robbins
“A team is only as strong as its weakest link.” – Mark Grey

Future plans/goals: Plan to take the GRE in September, 2017 and go to graduate school. A lot of honors students do this so I have a handful of seniors that I can contact and get guidance as well as the faculty members who are super helpful as always!

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I love to go to the REC and play with my friends! I also loving doing math tricks/solving riddles, etc. – that’s my thing!

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College:
Honors College is very tough to go through – FALSE
Honors College is only achievable by the smartest students – FALSE
You need a 4.0 GPA to get into or stay in Honors College – FALSE

Fun fact about you: I went paddle boarding the first time this summer!
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RobinBondDr. Robin Bond

From: San Diego, Ca
Area of Study: Classics
Foreign Languages known: Classical Greek and Latin

What I like about the Honors College at WSU: I think the Honors College is important because of the wonderful students who are part of this learning community at WSU.

Where I’ve traveled: UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Mexico

Activities (clubs, internships, sports, programs, etc.): WSU Orchestra (2nd violin), gardening, snowshoeing

I’m excited to be an Honors 198 Facilitator because… I enjoy getting to know first-year students

Favorite Quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living” — Plato, ‘Apology of Socrates’

Something random about me: I am researching animals in Herodotus’ ‘History of the Persian wars’
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Ryan O’Dea

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Area(s) of study: French, Chinese, International Business
Expected graduation year: 2019
Foreign languages known: French, Chinese
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Honors 198 Facilitator, Residence Life Office Assistant, Resident Advisor of Rogers Hall, International Student Liaison
Hobbies: Photography, Traveling, Food, Film

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? I joined the Honors College with the explicit intention of studying abroad, and I have fulfilled that several times now! I have decided to stay because of both the community of caring and wonderful students, the both amazing and interesting classes, and the professors that actually get to know you and care.

What does it mean to be an Honors College Coug? Simply put, being an Honors Coug means always having someone there to help you if you need it.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is Kimbrough music hall. In the winter, you can go and sit in the comfortable couches, with just a slight amount of sunlight coming through two panes of glass, giving you a very nice warm feel. While sitting and doing homework you can listen to all the music majors go through their solo lessons!

Favorite quote: “Le seul véritable voyage, le seul bain de Jouvence, ce ne serait pas d’aller vers de nouveaux paysages, mais d’avoir d’autres yeux, de voir l’univers avec les yeux d’un autre, de cent autres, de voir les cent univers que chacun d’eux voit, que chacun d’eux est ; et cela nous le pouvons avec un Elstir, avec un Vinteuil, avec leurs pareils, nous volons vraiment d’étoiles en étoile.”  – Marcel Proust

This can translation to: “The only true voyage, the only bath of the elixir of youth, it is not to go to new landscapes, but to have the eyes of another, to see the universe with other eyes, with one hundred others, to see these 100 universes for which each of them sees, that each of them is; and that which we can with Elstir, with Vinteuil, with their like, we can truly fly from star to star.” -Marcel Proust

Future plans/goals: I soon plan to take the GRE in hopes of placing high enough to go directly to an Economics PhD. The Honors College provided the foundation for my study group! We meet from time to time to not really review together, but to enjoy the company as we memorize Latin roots and math equations.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? Foreign Languages and Photography

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College:
Myth: Are classes more difficult?
Fact: Nope! Not at all, rather than memorization of massive quantities of terms, the Honors College focuses on giving you room to think critically. You still have to prepare for class, but when taking an Honors class, I generally spend less time reviewing previous material and more time focusing on material that interests me.

Fun fact about you: Before coming to Taiwan, I had never opened an umbrella.
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Sydney Roberts

Hometown: Sumner, WA
Area(s) of study: Neuroscience
Expected graduation year: 2018
Foreign languages known: Spanish
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Undergraduate research mentor with the Office of Undergraduate Research, Honors 198 facilitator, the Society of Leadership and Success, Vice President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, leading a research project in Dr. Ryan McLaughlin’s Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience research lab, volunteering in the short-stay surgery unit at a local hospital.
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, crocheting, and playing Mario cart Wii.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? I had the opportunity to study abroad on an Honors trip to Ecuador with financial help from the Honors College. I also recently returned from an Honors faculty lead trip to New York for the National Model United Nations where I learned what it would be like to be a delegate to Sri Lanka at the United Nations. I even had the incredible opportunity to vote at the United Nations.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Family! Really, having the opportunity to be part of such a small community of learners is unique, and having this small body of people gives you a really strong support system throughout your college career.

What does it mean to be an Honors College Coug? It means you have a love of learning, a drive to share your knowledge, and a plan to influence the world.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: Really get to know the people in your classes. I was lucky enough to meet both of my roommates in my classes. I even met one of my best friends in my Honors 198 class!

Future goals: My future plan is to attend a DO medical school and earn a degree in clinical practice with a focus in pediatric medicine. I also want to learn more about global health and eventually work with a nonprofit organization to bring health services to rural and underserved communities around the world. The Honors College experience is helping me prepare for this future by fueling my interest in global issues and providing me with real opportunities to engage in global issues.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I am passionately curious the brain and its role in our overall wellbeing. I enjoy reading articles and shadowing doctors to understand more about the brain and body.

Fun fact about you: I have been to the top of the space needle over 2,500 times (I was an elevator operator for a summer).
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Theo Mynka

Hometown: Kharkiv, Ukraine/ Spokane, WA
Area(s) of study: Music: Vocal Performance
Expected graduation year: 2019
Foreign languages known: Russian, French, Bosnian, Ukrainian, (Arabic)
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: SNATS, ALLEGRO, Choir, Opera, Musicals, Soccer, Dota, Climbing, Running.
Hobbies: Soccer, Dota, Climbing, Running, Camping/Hiking

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? The professors and advisors are incredibly approachable. It is a great feeling to be able to grab a coffee with a professor you respect, or to nerd out about a recent discovery with someone. There is such a sense of mutual respect from the Honors College community, and I feel so much more connected to WSU when around my Honors peer because they encourage and motivate me to be my best self when I am around them.

What opportunities and/or experiences have you had because of or in the Honors College? The leadership opportunities available at the Honors college have forced me to think about more than just my career path or specific field of interest. It has helped me broaden my horizons and think more about the community than simply my own plans and goals.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Friendly, enjoyable, hard-working, sincere, dependable, caring, and witty!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: Take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you. Don’t think “oh I’m a freshman, I’ll just do that when I’m a junior or senior, I have plenty of time.” Time passes so quickly here, and I find myself running out of time in my schedule to fit all the things I want to do. Stay positive as much as you can. It will make your sad times more tolerable, and your happy times that much happier. The sooner you can stay positive, the more amazing and full of adventures your college experience will be J

Future plans/goals: My goal is to launch into the world of opera and musical theatre! The Honors College experience is crafting me into an overall better performer in terms of punctuality, precision, confidence and public speaking skills.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I love to be. I love being a person, on this earth, in this place and with the people that are around me. I love living. I also love to sing, but to me singing is breathing, and I don’t think I could live or love without singing, at that would just be awful.

Myths you can bust about the WSU Honors College: We’re not all nerds I promise. Everyone works hard, but there isn’t a sense of competition or dog-eat-dog kind of mentality. Eventually, everyone finds their “thing”, and it’s so great to find out about other people’s “thing” and watch everyone develops with their “thing”.

Fun fact about you: I can move my ears voluntarily.
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Yousef Saleh

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Area(s) of study: Mechanical Engineering
Expected graduation year: 2019
Foreign languages known: Arabic
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: WSU Track and Field, FSAE
Hobbies: pole vaulting, swimming, driving, snorkeling.

Why did you join the Honors College and why have you stayed? I joined the Honors College to get the most out of my university experience through the Honors courses and expand my global perspective. Also, the number of students in each class is few, which enhances the experience and adds a different dimension to learning.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Friendly, kind, and helpful

What is your favorite place on campus? The Chinook building is my favorite building on campus because of its innovative design and the entertainment that it offers.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen: My advice to incoming freshmen is to research the clubs that exist at WSU as there are a lot. The thing that I wish that I had known my first semester is that the writing center that offers help for many assignments.

Favorite quote: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value,” -Albert Einstein

Future plans/goals: My future plan is to apply for the masters and PHD degrees in automotive engineering while working. Do things for which the Honors College is preparing me well through the global perspective and by increasing my leadership skills.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? Working out

Fun fact about you: I have been to the countries Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and USA.
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Zili Chang

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Area(s) of study: History, German
Expected graduation year: 2020
Foreign languages known: German
Curricular and extra-curricular activities: Honors 198 Facilitator, Honors Mentor, Undergraduate Writing Center Consultant
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies and television, cooking and baking, visiting museums and art galleries

What do you like most as a student in the Honors College? I like the small class sizes provided by the WSU Honors College. They allow for increased face-to-face time with professors, as well as increased familiarity between Honors College students. I also like the perks that come with being an Honors College student, such as early course registration and scholarship opportunities.

What are Honors College students and faculty like? Honors College students are highly motivated and enthusiastic. Honors College faculty are knowledgeable and attentive.

What is the Honors College experience? The Honors College experience is characterized by small class sizes and discussion-based courses. For me, this has meant a smaller community within the larger university and more opportunities to engage with professors.

What has been your favorite Honors College class thus far? My favorite Honors College course so far has been Honors 290 with Dean Norton. The course was designed to allow students to simultaneously explore topics in humanities and material science, a combination I enjoyed.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?  I advise incoming freshman to take advantage of all the available resources on campus. The libraries, the Writing Center, the Multicultural Center, and Health and Wellness Services (and so many more!) are all great resources to be aware of.

Favorite quote: If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Future plans/goals: I plan to study history with an emphasis on art history. I plan to travel abroad in Germany. Before graduation, I would like to spend a significant amount of time interning in a museum or art gallery. After graduation, I may consider graduate school.

What do you love to do/what is your “thing”? I like good stories! Because of this, I love reading and watching movies and television.

Fun fact about you: My great-uncle was good friends with Albert Einstein!
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