Hi, my name is Audra DeLaney and I am studying public relations and political science. I am involved in Falcon Media and Public Relations Student Society of America as the Falcon Communications Firm Director and Alpha Omicron Pi as a member of the standards and philanthropy committees. I am also an intern for BGSU Marketing and Communications and was heavily involved in Campus Cursive during my second and third years of college. The goal of Campus Cursive is to support and encourage individuals through tangible acts of love, such as handwritten letters.
BGSU has given me space to be innovative and creative. One of the places I always feel that my creativity and passions are valued is the Honors College. As a result, I have chosen to support the Honors College as my Falcon Funded Initiative. The Honors College faculty and staff support each of their students and have played an instrumental role in my personal and professional growth during my tenure at BGSU. From my first day in Honors Critical Thinking to my current semester spent developing my Honors Project, my advisors and professors have encouraged me to tackle my goals and challenge myself. Thanks to those in the Honors College, Economics Professor Amanda Cook, and numerous other BGSU faculty and staff members, I was able to be the first BGSU student to participate in the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, Connecticut during the Spring 2018 semester.
What’s Williams-Mystic? It is a semester-long program that immerses undergraduate students in an investigation of the sea through original research opportunities and extensive travel throughout the United States. I completed four research projects in literature, history, policy and science, sailed aboard a tall ship, explored Northern California and learned from those living on the coast of Southern Louisiana. Without a doubt, this program added depth to my undergraduate experience and changed how I approach complex issues. I am thankful for the steadfast support I received from the Honors College when I explained this program to my Honors advisor, Kacee Ferrell Snyder. BGSU is full of faculty and staff who want what is best for students and will support them in their pursuit of fulfillment and lifelong learning. I hope you will consider making a contribution to the Honors College to assist students in finding communities, passions, and careers that inspire them to stay curious. Ay Ziggy!