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Honors Peer Mentor: Sarah Hoff

Sarah Hoff, Honors Peer MentorHometown: Solsberry, IN

Major: Communication - Public Relations

Minor: Nonprofit Leadership

What do you like most about being an Honors student?

I like that the Honors College provides a sense of community through meeting new people in your Honors courses and the opportunity to live in the Honors housing. In fact, I am thrilled that I will be living on one of the two Honors floors in 500 Wabash next semester! I have really missed having that sense of community that living in the Honors housing provides. This is not to say that you cannot still experience the sense of community in other ways such as attending Honors events. However, living in Honors housing provides you with this sense of community in a unique way. Overall, the Honors College creates a support system where you are surrounded by like minded individuals.

Leadership and involvement at STATE:

I am currently on the Communications and Promotion Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board. I am also a student worker for the College of Arts and Sciences. In the past, I have been an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Summer Honors Student Leader. Also, I was involved in Sycamore Video and Student Philanthropy for a semester.

What advice do you have for incoming Honors students?

First, it is perfectly normal to feel nervous and to struggle to find your place at ISU. So, do not be discouraged if you do not know how you want to be involved on campus yet. There are a lot of opportunities, and it is okay if you try something new and discover you do not like it. In fact, it is just as valuable to learn what you do not enjoy as well as what you do enjoy. Second, time management is a very important skill to learn in college. I would suggest investing in either an online calendar, planner, whiteboard, or a combination of these items, so you can keep track of your deadlines and other responsibilities. Lastly, always remember to take care of yourself. It is easy to feel like you are too busy to relax, but it is important to not burn yourself out. Therefore, my advice is to prioritize your assignments by deadline and to make sure you are scheduling enough time to complete them. Also, it is okay to say no to opportunities if you do not have the time for them and to take breaks, so you can maintain your work-life balance better.