Honors College Student Testimonials

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Hayley Nitz

I joined the Honors college at Fort Hays State University for the a high level of academics. The program promised to push me intellectually and introduce me to like minded individuals. I stayed for the people I met. Sometimes home is more than a house and family is more than blood. I found a home within the Honors college and I could not be happier. 

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Lailah Collins

I joined the Honors College because it looks like one big family. I loved that feeling in High School, and I was so glad I found it in College!

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Kaytee Wisley

I was initially attracted to the Honors College program because of the scholarships available but fully committed to the school once I saw the wonderful community in the university and especially within the program.


Reinette Strydom

I chose Fort Hays State University over other colleges because I heard that the Radiology Program here is excellent and that is what I want to go into. It was a major downside for me that there was not an Honors College here, however, because I was looking for an environment to interact with over high-achieving students and having interesting classes to challenge me. Luckily, I came across the Distinguished Scholars Program which I applied for and got in. This program focused mainly on leadership and I'm glad I joined because we have grown so close. It's a second family to me. The Distinguished Scholars Program is now turning out to be the backbone to the new formation of the Honors College, and I'm so thankful that I get to be a part of this wonderful program and university. I knew that I made the right choice when I stepped onto campus the first time; everything just felt right. I couldn't imagine how much it would grow in just my two years being here, but I'm excited to see where it will take us all.

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Nathaniel Hunt

The people that I have met through the Honors College have always encouraged me to put my best foot forward in everything I do, from classes to other organizations. Without their kindness and helpfulness, I probably would not be as involved as I currently am.

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Sami Montgomery

Being in the Honors College has provided me with a stable foundation during my time at FHSU.  I know that because of the friendships I have made through the Honors College, I will always have intelligent, well-rounded, positive influences in my life and I strive to be that influence for others as well.  It is truly an honor to be a part of the Honors College at FHSU.

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Faith Edwards

For me one of the biggest draws of FHSU was the Distinguished Scholars Program. I was excited to have a chance to be in a group of people with similar academic standards. I am very excited about the honors college. It gives me a chance to be around like minded people and it provides very appealing scholarships to help me graduate college with as little debt as possible


Kaylan Lagerman

I chose FHSU because it just felt right when I visited. Everyone seemed so friendly and I knew that I would receive more personal treatment (especially being in the Honors College) than I would at a bigger university. The cost of FHSU is another great thing. I am paying next to nothing to attend and will be getting a great education at an amazing cost.


Samantha Rohleder

I had a unique experience with DSP, I had knowledge about the program prior to applying for it, as my brother had been a member for 2 years. To watch him grow and change as a person and to see how greatly this opportunity benefited him inspired me to apply. What I didn't expect was the immediate acceptance and care for each other the group exhibits. This truly is a family, and a home away from home.

Fort Hays has always been my destination of choice. The support of other students and professors pushing you to do your best is an experience I believe I could not have at any of the university. I will never regret my decision to attend FHSU, and DSP has made that happiness with my choice even greater.

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Ainsley Smith

I came to Fort Hays because when I toured, the school had a familial atmosphere. There are so many opportunities for college involvement outside of class here, as well as teachers who care about my achievements. I applied for Distinguished Scholar's Program because I knew it would provide me with the connections necessary for future scholarship and career services. I didn't realize at the time that it would also provide me with so many great friends! I am looking forward to the installment of an Honor's College, not only for the academic challenge, but because the financial help will allow me to spend less time stressing about saving for Graduate School.

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Nicole Feyerherm

I joined DSP because it was the closest thing FHSU had to an honors college at the time. I was very excited to be accepted because I had been turned down for the honors program at another, larger university, but still wanted to be around people who cared about their education.

The honors college scholarships are also a huge draw for me. I had the goal of graduating debt free, and through this program I will most likely do so. Only at FHSU would this be possible.

Also, while I feared I would be bored at FHSU, the opposite has been the case. I have been challenged without being overwhelmed; I have had opportunities as a freshman I most likely would not have had at the other colleges I considered. Overall, I am incredibly glad I came to FHSU as a high-achieving student. It has been said that Fort Hays is what you make it, and I absolutely believe that to be true in every way.

Finally, I'm glad I came to a smaller college. While FHSU may be looked down on as a smaller school, I believe the smaller environment gives people the chance to truly get to know others instead of being one of many faces in a crowd.

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