By: Michelle Carter
As a tour guide, I always get the question: “Why join the Honors College? What can it offer?”
Well those are great questions! I have been a part of the honors college since coming to Eastern. In order to get in from high school, you need a 3.5 GPA and 25 on the ACT. There are about 300 students admitted to the Honors College each year and there are many perks that come with it:
- Smaller Class Size: Honors classes cap at 20 students. This means you get a more enriching experience in the classroom and you have a better chance of getting to know other students and professors in the Honors classes.
- Prior Registration: Students in the Honors College get to register with the seniors so they get the first pick of classes.
- Individualized Honors Advising: There are many Honors advisors that can help students figure out Honors classes to take and what they need in order to graduate with the different types of Honors.
- Downing Hall Residential Living: Students that are in the Honors College get the option to live on campus in Downing Hall. This is a great experience and allows Honors students to interact outside of classroom life.
- Scholarship opportunities: As a senior in high school, you can compete in the Presidential Scholarship Competition that gives many students a full ride to EMU. Even if you do not receive the full ride you will get a scholarship of about $4,500 every year.
- Diverse Community: The Honors community may be small but it is growing and very diverse. There are students from all over the place and all different kinds of majors in the Honors College so you can always find someone that is similar to you.
If this does not convince you to be in the Honors College then I’m not sure what will. Honors College looks great on a resume and there are different ways to graduate with Honors. Get involved and go Honors!
By: Michelle Carter
So this past year, Pinterest has swept the nation.
Pinning has become one of the biggest pastimes and is becoming a big deal like Twitter and Facebook. People are getting ideas for future homes, design-it-yourself crafts, weddings, inspiring quotes and cool cars.
Here at Eastern, residents halls are being decorated with the newest Pinterest crafts and RAs are getting ideas for cool programs they can do with their residents.
The key to Pinterest is organization. Make sure your boards are organized with specific names so if you need to find something crafty, you can easily find it under your crafts board! Another key to Pinterest is you need to have motivation to actually do the things you pin. So if you are pinning a painted canvas then you should actually do it because first, it will make you feel good because you are artistic and second, it will look awesome on your wall in the residence hall!
Pinterest has been a great thing and it allows not-so-crafty people to become crafty. If you have not been invited to join Pinterest then you should probably get that invitation soon!
By: Michelle Carter
As Fusion First Four quickly approaches, there are a few must things you need to do when you get to Eastern in the first few weeks.
- Go to everyday of First Four Orientation: If you go to each day, then you are likely to adjust better to going to college. There are a lot of fun activities planned and getting out there will allow you to stay active in the first four days.
- Meijer Mania: Need some last minute school supplies or food? This is a great event that happens every year. Meijer Mania is a huge event where students from Eastern can get shuttled to the Meijer on Carpenter Road and get discounted items along with some free stuff! (Now who doesn’t love free stuff?!)
- Visit Downtown/Depot Town: Downtown Ypsi and Depot Town have great places to eat and shop. Some great ones include Aubrees (pizza and calzones), Sidetracks (burgers and fried pickles), Beezys (hipster breakfast) and the Rocket (novelty shop).
- Find your way around campus: If you know where all of your classes are before they start, you will not be that freshman wandering around like a lost puppy. Also you could be one to show others that are lost where their classes are!
- Make some friends: The adjustment to college will be a lot easier if you have some friends to share the experience with, this means getting out of your room and being open to other people and new things.
If you do these five things then you will be likely to succeed in your first few days of class! Good luck and go Eagles!
By: Michelle Carter
Have you ever wanted to go see a Musical in Detroit? Or go to Halloweekends at Cedar Point? Well Eastern Excursions are your key to getting there!
Every school year, Campus Life does fun trips to different places around the Michigan and Ohio area. The neat thing about the excursions is that they are reduced prices for EMU students. For example, going to Halloweekends for a normal public admission would cost about $60, where for EMU students it’s only $35! WOW!
Also there is a bus to get there and back provided for students. They also do trips to various places in Detroit, including trips to see Musicals at the Detroit Opera House and some others too.
I got to see Les Miserable when I was a freshman (which happens to be my favorite musical ever)! I also went on an Eastern Excursion to the Detroit Institute of Art and Holocaust Museums. We got transported there and back, with a lunch and it was only a whopping $10!
That is a great deal if I do say so myself. On top of the fact that it was a blast going to these two museums, it was also very educational. I learned a lot about a few different cultures around the world and art pieces. I hope that this blog convinces you to go to some Eastern Excursions in your time here at EMU!