First of all, I’d like to welcome you to the Mahurin Honors College at WKU! My name is Miles Newton and I am ecstatic to be one of your counselors. I hope that your summer has been a blast and that you are eager to begin your journey as a Hilltopper! Two years ago, I was in your position: reading about my H4 counselors, anxiously informing myself about the Hill, and attempting to ready myself for the adventure that accompanies college life. Although there is no specific way to navigate this next step, H4 will allow you to make important connections with your peers and counselors, and allow me the opportunity to better prepare you for your next four years at WKU.
I am a rising junior from Bardstown, KY studying Biology and Chemistry. Although I am not certain of a specific career path, I am currently looking into serving in the Peace Corps following my time at WKU before pursuing an MBA. I chose to attend the Mahurin Honors College because I found it to be the greatest combination of hospitality, opportunity, and encouragement that I had encountered in my college search. With half of college under my belt (time flies), this University has quickly become my home.
Aside from my studies, I serve the University as a Spirit Master, am involved in Greek Life, the Honors Student Planning Board, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health society (I currently serve as the Treasurer), campus ministry, and intramurals (catch me on the volleyball court). I also had the opportunity to participate in Dance Big Red, which raises money for Norton Children’s Hospitals (I better see you there this spring)! These are just a few of the countless student involvements that I encourage you to take part in as a Hilltopper. Outside of WKU, I love to travel, go on Jeep rides with friends, spend time with family, hang out at the lake, win games (#competitive) and play piano! Having already completed two years at the Mahurin Honors College, I have discovered the sheer importance of getting plugged-in at WKU and taking advantage of the endless opportunities the University offers! Being involved on campus truly allows you to feel a sense of belonging on the Hill.
This past semester, I had the privilege to study abroad through Semester at Sea, where I visited five countries across Asia and Africa. Whether trekking through the Sapa valley of Vietnam or skydiving in South Africa, my experience abroad has been transformational in my journey at WKU. On-board the MV World Odyssey (our ship campus), I served as a Student Life Student Assistant, granting me the opportunity to serve my shipboard community in event planning and programming. I highly encourage you to research the multitude of unique Study Abroad programs that the Mahurin Honors College has to offer.
I have cherished my time thus far in the Mahurin Honors College. I have met lifelong friends and made unforgettable memories through my experiences at WKU. I am beyond excited to be a part of your first moments as a Hilltopper and can’t wait for you to begin your own journey at H4! If I could give one piece of advice to incoming freshman students, it would be to abandon your comfort zone, be yourself, and embrace every opportunity these next four years will bring. I look forward to meeting you very soon! If you have any inquiries about H4, life at WKU, or anything college related, feel free to reach out to me through email or social media!
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