Texas Tech Honors College

Engaging the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Today.

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We LOVE this new video! At 0:08 and 0:16, you may see someone you recognize. The Masked Rider is an Honors student and our dean is featured in his Biology Lab! #IAmARedRaider

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Upcoming SENIORS!!!!


A gentle reminder that fall scholarship deadlines will come up faster than you anticipate.

Internal deadlines for Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell are all early September.

FULBRIGHT: Fully-Funded Year Abroad for Research or English Teaching Assistantship (open to U.S. citizens)

RHODES: funds up to three years of graduate work at Oxford (open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals) http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

MARSHALL: fund up to two years of graduate work at a British university (open to U.S. citizens) http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

MITCHELL: funds one year of graduate work in Ireland (open to U.S. citizens)

GATES-CAMBRIDGE: funds up to three years of graduate work at Cambridge (open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals)

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Benefits of Service Learning

My reasons for taking a service learning class were rather selfish, truth be told. I wanted to do something to lessen the guilt that comes with being a privileged expat brat (I guess you could say I was more interested in the service than the learning). Call me an easy mark, but when I travel, I constantly feel like I should apologize for resembling the wealthy tourists who walk around like they own the place à la Rudyard Kipling. Don’t get me wrong, I had always known my family was doing better than some, but hadn’t realized exactly how well until I started going on trips without my parents. In Phnom Penh, our Habitat group built houses for people who had previously lived in the city dump. As in, called the dump home. In Bali, my friends and I had to weave our way through crowds of 10-year-olds who had just been released from their shift at the manufacturing plant. In Ho Chi Min city, we listened to translated stories from the orphans we were working with about hawking cheap souvenirs to help pay for food. All of these people try so hard and have so little, while I have the time and ability to do so much more. I saw this class and figured, service, cultural credit, and FYE all in one? Score!

I don’t really know what I expected from the class, but I certainly enjoyed both the class and the service. I chose to do St. Benedict’s, which did not exactly line up with my vision of a soup kitchen (mainly because there was no soup). Again, I didn’t really expect much, so I suppose you could say the experience exceeded my expectations.

 Perhaps the most eye-opening part of the whole experience was being able to interact with the clientele as though class wasn’t an issue.  They’re people just the same as the rest of us, but sometimes it feels like society assigns them a status akin to that of the untouchables in the Indian caste system. While that seems like an extreme comparison, very few people talk to or even make eye contact with these people on the street; in fact, many go out of their way to avoid them. St. Benedict’s gave me a chance to bypass those social barriers and actually talk to some of the people.

I feel like this didn’t so much alter my perception of the poor but my future actions towards them. Abstractly, I’ve always known they’re just people with less money. In practice, however, I could never make my actions mirror those thoughts; in other words, I was one of those people who never looked at the poor while walking down the street. I believe my personal experience will make it easier for me to see them as people and not a label, and treat them as such.

Taylor Hibler

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2014 Spring Graduates

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2014 Honors College graduates.

We are so proud of you and are extremely excited to see what you do as you enter into the next phase of making your dreams a reality.

Lee Affholter
Suzanne Alkul
Andrew Alleman
Austin Alsguth
Clare Armstrong
Gary Au
Michael Austin
William Baker
Courtney Billingsley
Alex Biltz
Melissa Brisco
Carder Brooks
Claire Burrus
Clara Bush
Gregory Byers
Hannah Carillo
Amritpaul Chatrath
Cody Collins
Jake Contos-Heidrich
Jennifer Corder
Ellen Cresto
Anthony Cross
Kaleigh Dennis
Dhruv Desai-Bhakta
Mousab Diab
Brickland Easton
Ashley Eddy
David Esquivel
Erin Evans
Kathleen Felty
Ruth Field
Alejandro Figueroa
Celeste Flood
Camille Gavin
Ryan Glenn
Amanda Gray
Poma GT
Amini Guthikonda
Armon Habibi
Grant Harrell
Amber Helm
Jayse Hulett
Ethan Hulin
Kathryn Ice
Mariah Ince
Benjamin Jordan
Caleb Jurchisin
Kelli Kaufman
John Kelley
Madaline Kennedy
Jonathan Kerr
Bridget Key
Devi Khajishvili
Parker Korenek
Magy Labib
Brittany Lancaster
Dawson Land
Eric Lee
Jessica Lindner
Lauren Littlefield
David Macatee
Kassi Martin
Lauren McVay
Blake Melcher
Elizabeth Meyer
Brady Miller
Jason Miller
Andrew Munson
Saba Nafees
Matthew Nguyen
Taylor Nichols
Maria Olascoaga
Trevor O’Loughlin
Kenia Ontiveros
Swagat Parajulee
Benjamin Pearce
Katie Penkert
Hannah Pham
Samantha Piercy
Margaret Piper
Jessica Puthenparampil
Kiarash Rahnama
Clayton Richardson
Sarah Riffel
Alexandria Rivas
Rebecca Robinson
Alisa Rogers
Cynthia Sacco
Nada Saed
Rebecca Scheers
Cord Scorgie
Julia Shannon
Kellee Smith
Brendan Snyder
Vidhur Sohini
Laura Sorsby
Henry Stam
Sarah Steindl
Matthew Stewart
Matthew Streseman
Noor Subah
Rachel Summerlin
Catherine Swindle
Tabitha Threatt
Kory Tillery
Scott Vadala
Erin Van Pelt
Eddie Vargas
Victoria Vaughan
Julia Voelkl
Cassie Welker
Heather Williams
Joshua Willms
Jennifer Ybarra
Caitlin Yoakum

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