Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Natalie Bukowski

Penn State Altoona Honors Incoming Class of 2012

The Honors Program is not only about strengthening your knowledge and giving you the opportunity to enhance your studies, but it also offers chances to strengthen your cultural awareness, develop friendships, and introduce you to events and activities.

From my experience, the Honors Program has been a great way for me to make friends. Our group meets a few times throughout the semester. We meet to socialize with others in the program as well as to discuss upcoming events on campus.

I had a difficult time adjusting to college and although I was concerned that the program would add pressure to my already busy work load, I soon found that the Honors Program was one of the best decisions I had made. I was able to meet others who also took an interest in their studies and wanted to achieve good grades.

The program has also allowed me to visit places such as the Newseum and the Pentagon in Washington DC. These were experiences that I never would have experienced had it not been for the Honors Program. The Honors Program also informs you of activities on campus such as talks about diversity and informative sessions about graduate school.

Ariana Henderson

Penn State Altoona Honors Incoming Class of 2012

As part of the Honors program, I was worried I would end up just with more work than my fellow students, but in reality this has been a fantastic experience. Not only have I had the pleasure of FUN and engaging classes, but also there’s tons of perks! You’ll receive priority registration each semester, consideration for several scholarship opportunities, and special field trips to places like Washington D.C. and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Not to mention a ton of free stuff!! Oh, and bragging rights of course!

Jill Hurley

Penn State Altoona Honors Incoming Class of 2012

As a current member of the Honors Program, I can tell you that it has been a really great experience. And no, it does not involve more work; I know that’s what I was worried about. Rather than doing more work, you just do a more in-depth analysis of the material, allowing you to have a better grasp of the coursework. What I was also surprised by was the variety of choices that I had when it came to honors courses. They change every semester and range from English, which is what I am in now, to Psychology, Public Speaking, and Science Fiction.

If none of the honors courses offered pique your interest, that’s not a problem; you can do what is called an Honors Option. Honors Options are regular courses that you sign up for, and then you go to the professor and ask if you can do some more in-depth work. By doing so, you get the credits that you would from taking an honors course and it allows you to pursue a field that you are genuinely interested in.

Clarissa Keller

Penn State Altoona Honors Incoming Class of 2012

Becoming a part of the Penn State Altoona Honors program was one of the best decisions I could have made when I decided to come to PSU Altoona. Personally, I wasn’t sure about the difficulty of my classes and how much work the Honors courses would create for me. But I quickly realized that the Honors courses aren’t designed for more work; they’re designed to get you interested in what you’re reading, writing, speaking or doing. Yes, you really do get excited about learning!

Brandon Pier

Penn State Altoona Honors Incoming Class of 2012

The second type of Honors Class is an Honors Option. An Honors Option starts as a regular class, but you work with the professor personally to create an Honors experience by taking parts of the class and either changing them or going more depth into a certain area. An Honors Option requires no more work than a regular course, just more in depth analysis of the course material. By turning a class into an Honors Option, you can typically pursue the areas of study in the course which interest you the most. As an Honors Student I believe Honors Options are the most useful form of Honors Course. This is because you can turn any course into an opportunity to learn the most useful knowledge for your major, as well as develop lasting relationships with your professors that will help you later in your college career.