HNRS 1000 Class Offers New Opportunity to Build a Foundation in the Honors College
This year when incoming freshmen registered for their HNRS 2000 seminar, they also had a new option available: sign up for a section which included HNRS 1000 as well.
HNRS 1000 is a 1 hour pass/fail class geared towards freshmen to help build a foundation for succeeding during their time with the Honors College. The course, Honors Foundations, currently has 4 sections, each of which is led by juniors and seniors in the Honors College who act as peer leaders throughout the semester.
“We encounter a lot of juniors and seniors in advising who would have been better off if they had considered such things as the different graduate school paths or learned the basic foundational tools of writing a research paper earlier on in their college career,” said Mark Dochterman, Student Activities Coordinator. "We also hope it helps students see how attending Honors College events will benefit them.”
HNRS 1000 was designed to give students exactly the skills that Honors College faculty sees students needing. The students enrolled in the course attend different events and workshops throughout the semester — such as the Honors Research Series and resume workshops — under the guidance of their sections' peer leaders.
The written assignments for the class are drafts of a personal statement and resume which students can later build upon for later use when applying to internships, fellowships, graduate schools, and jobs.
“Going to events like the Research Series has put the professors on a more personal level,” said Aubrie Parker, Interior Design freshman and HNRS 1000 student. “The class has definitely given us an advantage, especially in getting adjusted to LSU and how to be a college student.”
The peer leaders also design events on topics they feel would have benefited them as a freshman.
"The peer leaders are creating sessions on things like getting to know Baton Rouge, what to do if you came into LSU with a lot of credits, and an upper division honors panel to make the thesis process more relatable," said Haley Bove, French senior and HNRS 1000 Peer Leader. "I think we've really proved to be a good resource for the students."