The HonorsToppers recently added 15 new students to their ranks. The organization is an elite group of sophomore, junior, and senior Honors scholars that represent the Honors College at WKU. These scholars come from a variety of backgrounds and represent an array of academic disciplines. HonorsToppers are not only the face of the Honors College during campus events, such as Honors tailgating and Big Red’s Trivia Bowl, but off campus as well during recruitment events like high school visits and Academic Transition Programs.
Sean Jacobson, a rising sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in History and Film, describes his new opportunity as an HonorsTopper as a chance to “to pour into others and lead prospective students to WKU so they can experience the same great opportunities that [he has] had.” The HonorsToppers provide an opportunity to give back and contribute to the Honors experience of incoming freshmen, as well as upperclassmen. McKenzie Perdew, a rising sophomore with a major in Psychology from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, cites the opportunity to help prospective students “join the Honors family” as her reason for joining the organization.
Perdew also explains how her position as an HonorsTopper will enhance her overall Honors experience, stating that she will be able to connect with the Honors staff and peers on a personal level, rather than simply attaching names to faces. Morgan Duff, a freshman from Louisville, Kentucky, double majoring in Chemistry and Music, is most excited about becoming a more confident leader in all aspects of her life. As she “shares the wonderful opportunities that Honors College provides,” Duff will form a bond with her fellow HonorsToppers that will not soon be broken. The HonorsToppers maintain friendships among themselves and the Honors staff that facilitate connections and foster the spirit of the Honors College at WKU throughout their lives.
For more information about the HonorsToppers and a full list of the 15 new members, visit http://www.wku.edu/honors/honorstoppers/.
Arete contribution submitted by Amber Thompson