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Getting Prepared for Midterms

Midterms are coming up this week and the Honors College wants to make sure you’re prepared for the long days ahead! Remember that October 3rd will be your last day to withdraw for on-campus classes while October 9th will be the last day for all eCore, eMajor, and GOML courses. Withdrawing isn’t recommended since it may harm your status as a full-time student and delay graduation, plus you are only allowed a total of 5 withdrawals for your undergraduate time. That being said, we’re here to give you some study tips to get you through midterms and keep this semester going strong.

1) Catch some Zzz’s: Pulling all-nighters before an exam has never been a good idea, simply because sleeping is the one time when your brain isn’t having to process information constantly and can slow down to reflect on the previously received information. By not getting enough sleep, your brain doesn’t have enough time to fully absorb all the material you just studied. In addition, when you deprive yourself of sleep, you aren’t running at full efficiency and your concentration is going to be lacking.

2) Spread Out The Material: Cramming is bad, really bad. You may remember it for an early morning test but the likelihood of you remembering it later on is very low. This creates a problem for material that you need to know for a final, need to apply for another class, or use in your career. College isn’t simply what you can make on a test; it’s also how you use that information in the real world. If you study the material for a short time over the course of several days instead of in one long session, you will better comprehend the material and grasp the concepts far better. By doing this you also can come back and review the harder parts once you have understood the simpler notes.

3) When in Doubt, Ask: If you aren’t completely sure about a concept or note, get some help. Ask a professor, a tutor, or someone who is taking the class or has taken it. Professors and tutors actually do want you to pass your classes and other students can understand the boat you’re in. Study groups are your friends! It’s a lot safer if you just reinforce what you know about a concept instead of going into a test having a completely wrong idea. Often times, clearing up one concept will help you comprehend the related material even better.     

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4) Don’t rely on the Internet: This one may seem a bit ridiculous but going hand in hand with talking to your professors, don’t go to the Internet with all your questions and be very wary. Professors will teach the information they want you to know and in certain courses, definitions can vary and you don’t want to study one completely different than the professor intends. Remember that most people have access to the Internet so it is full of unreliable sources.

5) Change Your Environment: A lot of memory is tied into association. For instance, you may walk into a store and immediately think of someone because you held a conversation in that spot. If you alternate the spaces in which you study, frequently, you may be able to remember the information better by connecting it to the place in which you learned it. This is opposed to always studying in the library or a quiet room in your house which can cause all the information to blend together. The Honors house has plenty of cozy studying space and there is also a Honors study room in library room 1616 with the code available upon request.

6) Homework, homework, homework: Practice makes perfect; the more you utilize material, the better you will remember and understand it. Again, your professor isn’t going to give you an assignment that is irrelevant to what you need to learn and will probably pinpoint the most important concepts. Even if you have a professor that doesn’t assign a lot of homework, it’s still a good idea to find ways to practice, like with the exercises in the books.

7) Be Positive: Don’t slack off and forget all about your exams but don’t stress yourself too much either. As long as you’ve studied consistently, completed your assignments, and have made sure you understand the material, you’re going to do great. Worrying excessively or second-guessing yourself can actually reverse your desired results.

Remember every person has different ways of learning, so find your best method and stick to it. Good luck everyone!

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A Series of Profiled Students-Laura Hanna

Laura Hanna is a VSU and Honors College Alumni who recently received one of only 147 Phi Kappa Phi’s Love of Learning award for 2013.

Who: Laura Hanna


English Tutor at Student Success Center

Editor for Political Science Department

Poetry Co-editor Odradek

President of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

Student Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi

Co-President of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society

Golden Key International Honor Society

Honors Student Association

Auburn University’s English Graduate Association

About The Love of Learning Award: The Love of Learning Award helps to fund post-bachelorette studies for Phi Kappa Phi members. 147 of these awards are granted per year, nationwide, and the award is used to help fund graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, and travel related to teaching/studies. Members of Phi Kappa Phi who wish to be considered for the award must go through an application process. 

How Did You Feel: “I was quite surprised, actually; hundreds of well-qualified and deserving students applied for this award. To be counted among such students is so humbling and such an honor. I am so thankful.”

Graduated: I graduated from Valdosta State University in May 2013.

Degree Held: I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in literature.

Major: English

Minor: Political Science

Next Step: I am currently a graduate student at Auburn University, earning a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in literature. I also lead two undergrad American literature discussion sections as part of my teaching assistantship. ? I intend to teach English at the postsecondary level.

Hobbies:  I love spending time with family and friends, going to church, cooking, reading, writing, and listening to music.

Favorite Book: My favorite book is Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. Larry Levis is also one of my favorite poets.

Favorite Quote: I actually have a manila folder that’s fat with my favorite quotes. But my favorite, favorite is: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” –Mother Theresa.

Influence of VSU Honors College: The VSU Honors College has most definitely helped me to reach my academic goals. I am sincerely thankful for my time at VSU and for VSU’s Honors College. The professors who teach in the Honors College (and all the professors who I have ever met at VSU) are all so amazing, and I look up to each of them. The Honors courses I took helped to shape me into the graduate student I am today. The freedom to explore new ideas and to be innovative in these classes made me love being a college student even more. The professors who taught these Honors classes amplified my desire to learn and made me want to be a professor just like them one day.

The students in the Honors College are also wonderful. Some of my dearest memories at VSU were made because of the Honors College and because of all the beautiful people I became friends with through the Honors College (it was actually the Honors Program when I was still an undergrad).


Last Note: I hope you are all loving your time as college students! The saying is true—time really does fly— so try to find the joy in every moment!

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A Series of Profiled Students–Adrienne Fry

WHO: Adrienne Melissa Fry

Adrienne Fry

Adrienne presented some of her research at the 30th annual GCHC conference at Georgia Southern this past February.

WHAT: Vice President of VSU College Democrats
Sophomore Class Representative for Honors Student Association
Head of Activities Committee For Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E)
Member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society
Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Member of VSU Hillel

WHEN: Sophomore

FUTURE PLANS: After I graduate, I want to join the peace corps and spend two years in Africa helping kids learn English. After that, I hope to work for a publishing company for a few years then attend grad school somewhere in Florida, preferably Florida State or University of Central Florida. All during that time I will be donating my spare moments to a non-profit organization, probably World Wildlife Fund or World Food Programme and maybe eventually work for a non-profit.

MAJOR: English
MINOR: Speech Communication

FAVORITE MOVIE: Into the Wild, The Graduate, 300, The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, Back to the Future, To Kill a Mockingbird

FAVORITE SONG: In Your Atmosphere by John Mayer

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” Jack London

FAVORITE BOOK: Shakespeare’s Hamlet

INTERESTING FACT: I was in the spelling bee 3 years in a row in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and one of the words I misspelled that disqualified me was “measles.”

CLAIM TO FAME: I made history by participating in the “Forward on Climate” climate rally in Washington D.C. during President’s Day weekend. I was one of almost 50,000 people to take a stand at the largest environmental protest in history!

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 HSA is putting on some gloves and picking up trash at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon in the Oak parking deck!! Gloves and bags will be provided for those who want to help!

This is a great way to gain community service hours and helping the environment. About once a semester, HSA helps clean up the parking deck. HSA has a requirement that students must complete at least four hours of comunity service a semester.  Here’s a great opportunity!

    The students always have a great time bonding during the clean up! So, come on over to Oak and put on some gloves.

 Students picking up trash at last semester's parking deck clean up!
Students picking up trash at last semester’s parking deck clean up!

 Let’s help Valdosta glitter by picking up the litter! 

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS! Honors Students to Present at Conferences

Honors Students,  the time is near for you to submit your abstracts for the Honors Conferences! The Honors College is going to TWO conferences this year.

Have you been working on some undergraduate research? Would you like to present that research at a conference? Attending an Honors Conference is a great way to add to your resume and to showcase all your hard work! So, take your big project out of the class room and share it with scholars!


The Georgia Collegiate Honors Council is hosting the 30th annual Honors Conference on February 8-9 at Georgia Southern University. You MUST submit your abstract for GCHC to Dean Savoie by MONDAY, JANUARY 14!


The other Honors Conference we will attend is the Southern Regional Honors Conference on April 4-6 in Louisville, Kentucky! Abstracts are due to Dean Savoie NO LATER than FRIDAY, JANUARY 18.



Email Dean Savoie at mpsavoie@valdosta.edu your abstract. Abstracts should be about 150-200 words! Make sure to have your faculty sponsor look over your abstract to give you advice. These Honors Conferences are a lot of fun and a FANTASTIC opportunity to add experience to build your resume. Don’t miss out!

If you have ANY questions, concerns, or anything at all PLEASE stop by the Honors House, contact the Honors College (email, facebook, twitter, instagram) or leave a comment here! Also, the Honors Student Association has an undergraduate research coordinator, Erica Garcia. If you have questions, you can email her at elgarcia@valdosta.edu.

 Here are the links to the conferences websites: (GCHC)  http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/honors/about/gchc and (SRHC)  http://www.srhconline.org/

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Honors Student Association Hosts a Semi-Formal

The Honors Student Association is hosting its first semi-formal at the Honors House!

On Friday, November 30, students will dress to the nines and dance the night away in celebration of graduating Honors students!              

Along with great music and fun, refreshments will also be provided.

Students will be competiting for the title of “Best Dressed.” Dean Savoie and his wife will select the best dressed man and woman. Winners will recieve a special prize. So, make sure to dress your finest!

The event starts at 8 PM and will last until MIDNIGHT!                             

Let the Honors College know what you think of the semi-formal by posting a comment, tweeitng us, or contact us on facebook! We love hearing from you!

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Operation Christmas Child

The Honors Student Association is on a mission to help spread Christmas cheer via Operation Christmas Child!

Operation Christmas Child is an event where people pack a shoebox with supplies for underpriveledged children.

On Nov14, students will be meeting at the Honors House at 8 p.m.  to assemble shoeboxes. Participants must bring a shoebox, gifts and $7. Wrapping supplies will be provided. This is a great way to receive community service hours!

Some good gift ideas are:

  • Toys
  • School supplies
  • Hygeinie items
  • Hard candy

Do not include:

  • War-related items
  • Chocolate/perishable food 
  • Liquids
  • Breakable items

For more information, contact the Honors College via WordPress, Facebook, Twitter…OR


Come and support to make HSA’s mission accomplished!