Honors Student Profile

Jacinda_BowmanJacinda Bowman

Major:  Elementary Education (Integrated Science) and
French
Projected Graduation:  May 2012



Why did you enroll in the Honors Program?

I wanted to be challenged academically in college.  I also liked the idea of the smaller class sizes and an Honors community and support system.

Is there an Honors course that has made a particularly strong impact on you?

One of my favorite Honors classes was HON 102 – Origins of Western Values.  I loved the informal setting of this class and how it was entirely question based.  Professor Whitaker is an interesting person and a great professor.  Out of all the classes I’ve taken at Northern, this class has made me think the most about my personal beliefs and values.

Describe some learning experience you have had in your area of interest.

I went on the trip to Lansing and Detroit with Michael Broadway’s HON 211 – Food in Society course last year.  We visited the Michigan State University’s hog facility and had tours at restaurants and urban gardens in Detroit.  The trip really expanded my knowledge about the way the current food system works.

I also had an amazing experience in Europe for FR 438 – Cultural and Artistic Heritage of Europe.  Through this class, I was able to see parts of Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris.  I also learned a surprising amount about European art and history while I was there.  I loved this trip because it was educational but we got to spend a lot of time exploring the cities, as well.  I got to practice my French, too, which is one of my majors.

What do you do for fun?

Watch movies, hike, camp, travel, go to the beach, volunteer, Girl Scouts, and honors dances!

What is your favorite book?

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "The World According to Garp" by John Irving.