Honor Student Katie Dignan
Major: History and Political Science
Hometown: Cumberland, MD
High School: Bishop Walsh School, Class of 2010
Living in the Frost honors residence hall, receiving priority registration, and participating in the honors classes themselves are three of the best opportunities I have had as an honors program student.
Here’s me (far right) and my friends (Cady, Allison, Jerica, and Kelly) on the deck of the Newseum in Washington, DC. This was one of many experiences from our honors learning community.
Living in Frost Hall was a great experience. I made so many new friends and met other people who, like me, were serious about their academics. I loved it so much that I moved back into Frost Hall this year as a Resident Assistant, and I enjoy being a part of this academically focused environment again.
Priority registration is a huge perk that comes with being a part of the honors program. Getting to register for classes on the second day of the registration period allows me to stay on track with my education. I know that I can get into whatever class I need to take, regardless of how popular the class is.
Honors classes are both challenging and fun. The small class size fosters discussion and interaction between the students and the professor. Honors professors challenge you to go above and beyond what is normally expected from students, but they are there to help you whenever you need assistance.
During my freshman year I was community service chair of the FSU College Democrats, and I got the chance to help organize an O'Malley rally! This is my friend Allison and I with Governor Martin O'Malley.
I have had the chance to meet many wonderful professors during my time as an honors student, but the most influential professor I have had thus far is Dr. Stephen Hartlaub. Dr. Hartlaub was my Honors World Politics professor, and I thoroughly enjoyed the class. This semester I am taking my third class with Dr. Hartlaub, Honors Seminar on Political Thought. He is passionate and engaging, and I always look forward to his class. Like other honors professors, he encourages me to tackle difficult material and to face challenges head on.
I love being a part of the Frost Hall community! Here’s a picture of me (far right) with my fellow staffers Kenny, Celina, and Mike.