Hometown: Kenmore, N.Y. Major: Journalism/Mass Communication
Lian Bunny had her sights set high when she joined St. Bonaventure’s Honors Program.
“I’d like to gain a well-rounded education and get the most out of being a Bonaventure grad,” said Bunny, and she is confident that the Honors Program will give her the resources she needs to do that.
In her first year at Bona’s, Bunny was already impressed with her experiences in two honors courses, one of which was tailored specifically for her.
“Since it’s such a small school teachers are really willing to make classes into honors classes for you,” she said. “I’m taking a theology class, and I’m not a theology major or anything. The teacher personally invited me to take the class and I said that it would be really beneficial for me if it could be made into an honors class, and he made a whole extra syllabus and handed it in to Dr. (David) Hilmey for approval.”
She is also in an honors section of one of the university’s Clare College courses.
“(Honors Art and Literature) is a lot more free-form because it’s seminar style. People are a lot more inclined to participate and lead class discussions, which allow the teacher to be more hands-off, interjecting when necessary. The topic of conversation just flows, especially because we’ve been reading really cool short stories that we get to sit and talk about for an hour and fifteen minutes,” she said.
Even when she’s not doing schoolwork, Bunny likes to keep busy.
“I’m part of the Bona Venture (student newspaper). It’s fun, but it’s like a job at the same time. I’m also part of the club Embrace It Africa, which plans fundraisers to help an orphanage in Uganda, and one day I hope to get to go on the summer trip that they go on every year.”
She can also be found playing pingpong in the Richter Center or midnight volleyball on the lawn with her friends, and when the weekend rolls around trips to Ellicottville and Holiday Valley are also fair game. When it’s really time to wind down, however, Bunny knows how to take it slow.
“I like going to the gym. It’s a struggle to drag myself there, but once I’m there I always feel accomplished because I’m using my time wisely while not being academically minded all the time. I also like to go to Mass on Sundays, because it helps me clear my head and get ready for the week,” she said.
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