It is only natural to have questions before and after entering the Honors Program. This page is designed to address the questions asked most frequently about Lees-McRae's Honors Program.
As a parent, I'm concerned that my child will become overwhelmed with the responsibility of being both a freshman and an Honors student at the same time. Will my child be overwhelmed? What resources does the college offer to help relieve the stress?
Don't panic. Every student, whether he or she is in the Honors Program or not, will get overwhelmed from time to time. It's simply the nature of college environment. However, Lees-McRae is committed to offering a healthy environment. Besides having counseling staff readily available, C.A.T.C.H. (Campus After The Class Hours) hosts many events to help relieve stress. They host exam stress-busters such as Late Night Exam Breakfasts, cheesecake and massage events, stand-up comedy relief acts and many more. While your child may become challenged, the College offers many resources to help with difficulties.
Does the Honors Program choose its classes based on a student's major, or am I going to wind up having to take classes I don't need?
The Honors Program classes are all CORE classes - classes that everyone needs in order to graduate. While the Honors Program itself does not cater to any specific major, all classes offered benefit all Honors students, regardless of major.
Besides having more challenging classes, what other activities to Honors students typically engage in?
In addition to attending more challenging classes, Honors students do have monthly Honors meetings to attend. Lees-McRae College invites special guests (such as authors, veterans, and notable figures) to speak for Honors students only. The Honors Program also coordinates social functions such as barbeques, dinners, and field trips to help enhance Honors students' social and learning atmospheres.
Should I wait a semester or two to get used to college before I begin the Honors Program?
No. Honors courses are designed to help you make the most of your college experience; you will want to take as many Honors courses as soon as possible. We recommend that you stick with the Honors Course Plan to ensure that you complete the Program as early and as efficiently as possible. If you are hesitant to take on the responsibility of the Honors Program but are still interested in being an Honors student, please speak to your student advisor to see if any changes can be made to help you adjust.
Are Honors classes much harder than regular courses?
You will work hard as an Honors student, but within small classrooms and with individualized attention from your professors. You will be learning from your professors, not just memorizing factoids for the next quiz. Honors classes also help complete General Education CORE; therefore, they are definitely worth the hard work.
Will the Honors Program constrain my other academic options?
No. While the Honors Program focuses primarily on your first 2 years as a student, the faculty goes out of its way to ensure that the plan remains as flexible as possible. The classes are General Education CORE classes that all students are required to take before graduation; therefore, you are getting your Honors credits while also contributing to your graduation. The Honors Program is here to enhance your college experience, not to dominate it.
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