Honors Program at Saint Mary


The University of Saint Mary recognizes your hard work and your commitment to excellence—which is exactly why we think you’ll fit into our Honors Program.

Our Honors students dream big and develop the leadership skills to achieve big. And though our Honors students study hard, the rewards extend beyond the classroom and gradebook, into lifelong success.
 

Honors Scholars


Name: Bailey Hightower
Hometown: Bonner Springs, KS
Major: English/Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2018
Favorite Movie or TV Show: The Princess Bride
Most Influential Person(s) in Your Life: My professors
Favorite Quote: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” –Ernest Hemingway

Why did you choose Saint Mary?

I chose Saint Mary because it is close to home, and I was drawn to the small, family-oriented environment.

What’s your favorite thing about the Honors Program?

I enjoy the freedom of choice the program allows and the opportunity to have an active hand in what and how I am learning.

What would you say to prospective students considering USM?

I would say that although USM is small, it has something for everyone. The professors here truly have your best interests at heart and go the extra mile to ensure that we are learning real-world skills.

What’s your biggest tip/advice for an incoming freshman?

My advice is to let go of some of the fear and intimidation that joining a new community can have. Don’t be afraid to meet people, talk to your professors and your classmates because you will be spending the next four years with them and no one can do it alone!

What is one of your most memorable moments at USM so far?

Thus far, I would say that one of my most memorable moments at USM was the improv horse race my First Year Experience (FYE) class and I planned and executed in the cafeteria. We surprised our unsuspecting audience with horse masks and a highly competitive race around the track!
 



Name: Brice Plein
Hometown: Burlington, Iowa
Major: Health Information Management
Graduation Year: 2018
Favorite Food in the Caf: Chicken Nuggets
Favorite Movie or TV Show: The Office
Most Influential Person in Your Life: My Parents
Favorite Quote: The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.- Nelson Mandela

Why did you choose Saint Mary?

USM offered a more individualized approach to my learning

What’s your favorite thing about the Honors Program?

The best part about the Honors Program is the close-knit community it provides for the students.

What activities are you involved in (athletics, clubs, community service, etc.)?

Basketball, Health Information Management Club, Honors Leadership Council

What would you say to prospective students considering USM?

USM is a small school that focuses on individualized attention, along with offering you countless opportunities that are not offered at other schools of our size and bigger!
 



Name: Arcilia Gonzalez
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Major: Studio Art and English
Graduation Year: 2017
Favorite Food in the Caf: Burgers
Favorite Movie or TV Show: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Most Influential Person in Your Life: My cat, Meowington
Favorite Quote: “Everything I learned I learned from the movies.” –Audrey Hepburn

Why did you choose Saint Mary?

When I came on my recruit trip, I loved the small campus and the girls already on the soccer team were really fun. I just knew it would be a different experience.

Do you have a favorite class?

I have enjoyed every class I’ve taken here, but my art classes helped me figure out what kind of artist I wanted to be.

What’s your favorite thing about the Honors Program?

I have met people that I may not have had the opportunity to meet since we all come from different disciplines.

What activities are you involved in (athletics, clubs, community service, etc.)?

I was an outside defender for the Woman’s Soccer Team, involved in English Club, and the art program.

What would you say to prospective students considering USM?

I would choose the small beautiful campus over a large overcrowded one—any day.

What’s your biggest tip/advice for an incoming freshman?

It is very easy to take advantage of the new sense of freedom, but I would encourage you to not forget the importance of going to class and doing your work. It is still necessary and critical for your future.

What is one of your most memorable moments at USM so far?

Meeting some of my best friends on the soccer team my freshman year.