National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version



Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2022, 23(1): 133–34


Copyright © 2022 Samantha Bronow


As part of the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (2022) collection of essays about the value of honors to its graduates (1967–2019), the author reflects on the personal and professional impacts of the honors experience.

I entered college as a performing arts major and graduated with a degree in economics, a rather seismic shift at face value. College is a time of great exploration and soul-searching, and while such freedom is exhilarating, it is often very stressful to sort through constantly evolving goals. Despite transitioning through three different majors, I was able to graduate in four years as planned, largely thanks to Honors. The Honors program was my first introduction to college, and in my first few hours at school I met my fellow Honors peers, a small group of students from all over the country studying a multitude of topics from business and music to nursing and the humanities. After pursuing dance with a one-track mind for the first 18 years of my life, my eyes were quickly opened to the other avenues that were available to me. Curiosity was the first value that Honors instilled in me, and eventually led me to a career I never would have considered otherwise.