National Collegiate Honors Council


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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2022, 23(1): 61–63


Copyright © 2022 Corey D. Clawson


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.

Each experience was a thrilling opportunity to reimagine the world. The honors program at Utah State University presented my peers and me with challenge after challenge to envision the world through new eyes. Journalism historian Mike Sweeney offered perspectives for understanding global conflict and everyday communication in his Propaganda, Persuasion, and Censorship honors seminar, offered in 2003 as the U.S. was attempting to justify the decision to engage in the Iraq War. In Carol Dehler’s historical geology course, the Rocky Mountain backdrop of our campus was transformed from a static outdoor playground for skiers and hikers into a rich and complex billion-year record documenting life, upheaval, and metamorphosis in its fossils and sediments.