The Honors College at WKU is a gold mine of worthwhile opportunities. Students involved in the program are provided with countless experiences that can further enrich their academic learning and better them as individuals, with Study Abroad and Undergraduate Research always at their fingertips. The limits are endless, it seems, but in order to make those dreams a reality, the guiding hands of essential men and women are necessary.
Allison Smith, a 2011 graduate from WKU, is the new Admissions Counselor for the Honors College. Smith earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, before continuing her graduate studies with an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, to be completed this May. Prior to working for the Honors College, she served as a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Activities here at WKU. This opened the door for numerous leadership opportunities to further improve the variety of outlets for students looking to be more involved on campus, ranging from volunteer projects, Greek Affairs, and much more. This experience also provided her a great outlook into the community that WKU offers.
With the new Honors College and International Center in the works, changes will gradually occur in the Honors College, especially in regards to admissions. The admissions staff is already expecting an influx in the already staggering number of applicants, and Smith says that, “Caelin Smith and I are working to refine our admissions practices now, so that we will be better prepared when the time comes.”
Allison Smith, also an alumnus of the Honors College, is thrilled at having the opportunity to make a difference for aspiring students. “Being a member of the Honors College [at WKU] was one of the best parts of my college experience. As soon as I knew I wanted to pursue a career in higher education, I had an interest in working for the Honors College,” she said. Back in August, she even had the chance to serve as an intern at H4, the annual freshman retreat, and met some of the newest additions to the program. While there, she was also able to provide them with valuable information. Above all else, though, Smith “hopes to be able to give something back to the Honors College that gave me so much as a student.”
As admissions season kicks into gear, we wish Allison the best of luck!
Arete contribution submitted by Abby Ponder