Full Name: Emmali Montgomery
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Entrepreneurship; Women's Studies
Year: Honors College Graduate
Semester of Graduation: Spring 2018
Why did you join the Honors College?
The Honors College originally appealed to me because I had always been in the Honors/AP track in high school and thought this would be similar. I also really liked that Honors students were centralized in one dorm (Reighard Hall) because I felt that the environment that was being created would allow me to excel in my classes and live with people who had a similar work ethic to me. I've also really enjoyed helping my community which I'm able to
How has the Honors College shaped your experience at Millersville University?
I never thought that such an organization would have this kind of impact on my life. Being in Reighard really helped me to form relationships with fellow honors students, and I have a feeling that many of those relationships are going to last me a lifetime. The honors courses have also expanded my knowledge and way of thinking to encompass so much more than I could have ever imagined. Thinking about the Honors thesis also prompted research with Dr. Hardy from the Computer Science department, which later led to a co-authored paper that was published and represented at 3 major conferences. Had I not been required to write a thesis, I probably would have never ended up with the chance to work so closely with a professor. I've also been able to work very closely with Dr. McCollum-Clark on my thesis. Researching with a professor is something I never actually imagined myself doing. A lot of the organizations I'm involved with were also a result of meeting people in the Honors College who said, "Hey! I'm in this organization and it's really cool! You should join!" Not to mention the fact that I've had the opportunity to work with Barb in Franklin House on a lot of things involving the Honors College.
What was your favorite honors course/professor? Why?
My favorite honors course was English Composition with Dr. Kim McCollum-Clark because she really shaped how I write. Within her classroom, we were encouraged to write in various different styles about anything that intrigued us and she was the reason I started thinking about my thesis topic so early. The Honors Thesis can seem really daunting but she had us considering topics in our very first year. Because of her, I've been way ahead of the game in completing my requirements. As of my 5th semester here, I have completed all 30 honors credits including the thesis.
I also really enjoyed the courses that I made honors
How many credits do you typically take?
For 3 semesters I took 18 credits a semester (in addition to being in 5 total organizations). College is teaching me that there is
What does your typical day look like?
My typical day really depends on which day you're asking about. Now that I'm in my 6th semester of college and because I took so many courses early on, my schedule has opened up a lot. I have more flexibility in what I'm able to do during the day or even what days I have classes. On Mondays and
What other organizations have you been a part of?
I have been a part of the Honors College Student Association (of course), Student Alumni Association, Relay for Life, Concert Band, Flute Ensemble, and one summer I participated in J.A.M. Crew.
What leadership roles have you had on campus?
I have been a mentor through the Honors College since my Sophomore year and this year I had the opportunity to be the Peer Mentor for all 60 incoming Computer Science freshman. From 2015-2016 I was the Secretary for the Student Alumni Association, and from 2016-2017 I was the Secretary for Relay for Life.
What was your favorite Honors College event?
It's really hard to pick one favorite event, so I'm picking
What community service events have you completed while at the Honors College?
Since I've been here for a few years now, I've had the chance to complete a lot of different kinds of community service. One of the most fun events to do is the Sugar Bowl fundraiser. The Sugar Bowl is a pizza place on campus that allows organizations to keep tips as long as they deliver food for the night. This really helped me learn the campus! I've also participated in our annual Day of Caring, Walk for Wishes, Breast-a-Ville, Relay for Life, and supplying donations to the SPCA. All of these events I have repeated numerous times over because I really enjoy helping my community. There are also a lot more events scheduled every year that are normally tailored to the organization we're sponsoring!
What advice would you give an incoming Freshman?
My biggest advice is to get involved on campus. College really is what you make of it and you will only enjoy your experience here if you put time into finding organizations that fit your interests. Most organizations are