As a first-year student, it can be tricky to decide which activities to join. BGSU offers tons! For me, it was a bit of a struggle deciding which to get involved in. That being said, one that caught my attention right away was the Honors Learning Community.
The Honors Learning Community goes on various field trips, offers discussion dinners and provides students with a relaxed place to study and catch up with each other. It’s also really cool because it’s open to everyone. You don’t have to be in the Honors Program to be in it.
With the HLC I’ve gotten to go on some pretty awesome trips! During fall break we went camping at Hocking Hills. If you’re looking for a way to make some close friends, this is definitely the way to go. We spent two days hiking, canoeing and playing icebreakers. We even slept under the stars!
If camping isn’t your thing, don’t worry. The HLC also offers overnight trips to Canada for the Shakespeare festival, and Chicago. HLC really works to offer trips that appeal to the students.
Along with overnight trips there are also day trips. Last semester most of my floor and I went to see “Les Miserables” with the HLC. It was amazing! After enjoying the show, we also got to meet for a discussion and share our thoughts and ideas on the themes in the show. This made the musical more meaningful for a lot of us and gave us another opportunity to meet some new people. Next weekend we’re going to see “Jersey Boys.” I’m so excited!
If you’re not into musicals, the HLC also offers trips to the Buddhist Center of Toledo, the Cincinnati Freedom Center and a night hike. No matter what you’re interested in, you’re sure to find something enjoyable to do with the Honors Learning Community.
Another great thing about the HLC is that you only have to be as involved as you want. I’m in quite a few activities, so sometimes my schedule gets pretty hectic. There are never any mandatory meetings for the HLC, so if you want to get involved in everything, you’ll still be able to fit the HLC in. As long as you participate in the trips or activities you sign up for, there are no penalties for not going to all the events.
During those crazy days when I have a lot going on, I sometimes just need to take a break and relax with my friends and de-stress. The first place I head is the Honors Lounge. This is a great area for studying and for relaxing, and you get access to it if you’re in the HLC. If you ask a member of the HLC which day is their favorite to hang out in the Honors lounge, they’ll probably tell you Wednesday. Every Wednesday there’s free popcorn in the Loft.
All in all, the HLC is a great community to get involved with. Come check it out!