What Participants Have to Say

I think that the benefits of the Honors Program go so far beyond the academic experience. Taking the same classes together builds a community, which leads to incredible friendships. It’s a really great opportunity to form relationships with amazing people from other majors who you probably wouldn’t get to know otherwise. My friends in the Honors Program have challenged me—academically, spiritually, and personally—at least as much as my Honors classes. — Michelle Wagner ’13

Being in the Honors Program has a lot of benefits. The small class sizes really allows the professors and the students one-on-one interaction, building strong relationships inside and outside of the classroom. As a member of the Honors Program, I have had the opportunity to have some of the best professors at Malone who are experts in their fields. Due to the small class size, the Honors students build strong bonds and friendships that go far beyond academics. My best friends here at Malone are ones I made in the Honors Program.  Hannah Finley ’14

Small class sizes, stimulating discussions, off-campus activities, and research opportunities that are not available in every traditional classroom setting are all reasons I would recommend the Honors Program. However, the greatest benefit I received from the Honors Program was the chance to work with faculty through the thesis project in a way that I would not have as a student outside the program.  Julianna Smith ’08

At first, I was hesitant to join Honors as many students are. Does it mean more work? Harder work? But if I’d known then what I know now as an Honors graduate, my hesitancy would have been short-lived. On the social front, joining the Honors Program provided me with an immediate group of friends. Since we shared many of the same classes and attended many of the same Honors-sponsored activities, I spent time with the same intelligent, bright, and interesting people on a daily basis. From an academic perspective, I was placed in smaller classes that thrived on student discussion. The professors allowed for more freedom knowing students can handle additional responsibility. By “responsibility” I don’t necessarily mean homework; I also mean mental and philosophical responsibility. More was demanded from us on a cognitive level, so I had no choice but to develop or be left behind. Without question the classes I remember most from my days at Malone are my Honors courses because they were the most challenging and thus the most life changing as well. I will probably never understand the full extent that my college education and Honors courses had on my mental development, but I do know that I am grateful for it.  Stephen Calhoun ’07

In the Honors Program we studied the world around us through various media both inside and outside of the classroom. Then, we were asked to wrestle with the state of the world and to dream, with like-minded students and faculty, about how it could and should be different. This process has prepared us for leadership and for life.  Cara (Caudill) Pfeiffer ’06

Joining the Honors Program was one of the best decisions I made coming to college. I loved having a lot of the same classes with one group of people. We became a “family” and all my best friends here at school I met through the Honors Program.  Laura Fawks ’12

I was in the Honors Program because of the added educational depth provided in Honors classes. The friends I made in my Honors group are a continual source of support. The culminating experience, the Honors thesis, also provided me with the perfect opportunity to expand from the traditional Biology major to include research in Orthotics and Prosthetics (my major for graduate school). Overall, being in the Honors Program at Malone University was extremely rewarding and gave me a chance to make my education my own.  Melissa Burner ’11