As an Honors College student, it is required that an Honors Senior Project is completed. Originally a daunting task, I have since come to the end of implementing my project. Here’s what I learned along the way.
Own your education.
Sure, classes can help you get a degree. But does that degree help you get the job you want? Your Senior Project can be used as a way to bridge the gap between what you have been studying and what you want experience in.
Use this as an opportunity to learn and grow.
There are few limitations when it comes to choosing what to do your project on. Learn to love the guidelines (or lack thereof) and choose a project that you are passionate about. Have a topic that you want to learn more about? Always wondered about an aspect of your studies but haven’t been able to take a class? Now is the time!
Choose something that has a real impact.
The Grand Valley community extends further than just GVSU faculty, staff, and students. Use your project to get out into the greater community and solve real problems. Work toward getting your project on ScholarWorks or copyrighted by the end of the semester. A project with an impact can be applied to any field of study.
Do something that you wouldn’t have done ordinarily.
Branch out. Diversify your skill set. Use this opportunity to grow your weaknesses into strengths. You could write an essay on something you already learned or you can challenge yourself to do something you aren’t comfortable with.
Work smarter, not harder.
Honors students get stuff done. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of procrastinating and too much Netflix, but at the end of the day, the assignments get done. Focus on working efficiently and managing your time, which means start planning now, whatever year you are, for what you want to do.
Don’t go it alone.
Oh, and if no one has told you, you don’t have to do your Project alone! Partner with another graduating senior to take on a problem that you both aim to solve. Working with another student not only helped lessen the workload, but it helped us tackle even bigger problems.
If it hasn’t been made clear yet, I am so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to complete an Honors Senior Project this semester. Not only did I learn about myself and my interests, but I was able to change the lives of others through my work and meet incredible people along the way. Working on this project opened new doors to me, but also helped me create lifelong friendships that I might not have made, had I stayed in my comfort zone.
Get started today and remember that you can change the world.
Jaclyn Ermoyan is a senior in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University, pursuing a major in public relations and minors in nonprofit administration and international relations. Jaclyn is passionate about Grand Valley and spends much of her time working at her campus jobs. You can find her tweeting or snapping for University Communications and for the Career Center, or serving as the clerical assistant to the executive secretary for University Development. Jaclyn is currently serving as the CEO of Grand Valley’s student-run public relations firm called GrandPR. She is still learning about herself and her interests, so she is always looking for new ways to get involved, meet new people, and contribute her knowledge and experience to new projects.