Hometown: Norwich, N.Y. Major: Sociology Minor: Women’s Studies
Catherine Eaton, ’16, knows that the phrase “better late than never” definitely applies to joining St. Bonaventure’s Honors Program.
“Most people join their freshman year before classes start, but for some reason I felt like I wasn’t going to get in, so I didn’t apply right then,” she said. “Then after my freshman year I realized that I not only wanted a résumé builder but I also wanted to challenge myself a little, and … I realized that it would probably best for my overall experience at St. Bonaventure if I did join the program. I asked the director about the process and I was officially in by the first month of my sophomore year.”
Now almost a year into her honors experience, Eaton has no regrets about her decision. She has taken two honors classes so far and loves the small class sizes and the discussions such small classes allow her to have.
“I would definitely say that if you’re on the fence about it, just do it,” she encourages prospective students considering the program. “There’s no downside to doing it. It’s always a positive experience, no matter what year you are.”
With two honors Clare (core curriculum) courses already under her belt, Eaton looks forward to the rest of the honors education that awaits her. She can’t wait to begin taking some of the honors special topic courses, and she looks forward to completing her honors project during her senior year.
The Honors Program isn’t all that fills Eaton’s hours, of course; most of her free time is taken up by her position on the school’s rugby team, and she is also a member of Spectrum, the school’s LGBTA+ alliance, as well as the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership (CARL). When it’s really time to relax, however, she likes to relieve stress by drawing.
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