Honor Students attend 2017 State Honors Conference

Four members of Alcorn State University’s Honors Student Organization (HSO) traveled to Poplarville, Mississippi to interact with other honor students and exchange ideas on future initiatives.

The members attended the 2017 State Honors Conference at Pearl River Community College Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. The conference is designed to help students develop an interest in honors programs and discuss future trends and issues concerning honors programs.

Ariell Walker, a senior and biology pre-medicine major, enjoyed learning about the various projects of students from other colleges and universities.

“While attending the conference, I was able to learn about the different experiments that other schools are doing,” said Ariel. “It was also nice to see students from other majors researching other subjects. It shows that you don’t have to stick to your comfort zone when it comes to research.”

Jocelyn Taylor, a senior, mass communications major who did a presentation on the role of creative communication for suicide prevention, appreciated the feedback she received from other attendees. She believes that the conference equipped her to be a better communicator.

“I definitely needed this experience because I was able to test my communication skills,” said Jocelyn. “I received constructive criticism that I’m confident will help me along the rest of my college experience and when I enter the corporate world. I feel more prepared to speak about suicide prevention on Alcorn’s campus.”

Wandra Arrington, assistant director of the Honors Curriculum Program, stated that the conference was a “wonderful opportunity to expose our students to other honor programs across the state of Mississippi.”

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