Our alumni are remarkable individuals who are always willing to share their experiences and advice with current and future Honors Scholars. Read about their adventures, current projects, and most importantly, their advice to you!
Hai Yan graduated from Emory & Henry in 2013 with a degree in International Studies and Business with a concentration in Asian Studies. She also completed a minor in Mandarin. Hai Yan is now pursuing an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Virginia Tech while also working as a Graduate Assistant in the Virginia Tech Family and Alumni Relations Office. This path of work and study was inspired by her undergraduate experience at E&H and her work as the Assistant Director and Recruitment Coordinator of the E&H Honors Program.
Cole recently received his Masters in statistics from North Carolina State University, he is now working as a Coordinator: Trackman with USA Baseball in Durham, NC. During his time at Emory & Henry, he majored in economics. To him, the most attractive component of economics was the way it forced him to think about opportunity cost and the various cause–and–effect mechanisms that are applicable to everyday life. Cole describes the character of the Honors Program as a program that “is built to make you a scholar, particularly in the liberal arts. As someone who didn’t end up in a liberal arts discipline, I found that it’s very well balanced out by tailoring your experience to your career goals.”
Jessie, known more as “Jess” to her friends and readers, graduated from Emory & Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts in both Creative Communications and French Literature. She is working as Travel Editor for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine based in Charlottesville, Va. When asked about what inspired her to her work and her career goals, she said, “I’ve always wanted to see the world…Meeting new people from different backgrounds and cultures is what inspires me to continue traveling. Couple that with my love for adventure and you’ve got one restless soul.”
I graduated from E&H with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. I will complete my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) this August and return to Texarkana, Texas where I have accepted a position as a Hospitalist. During my time at E&H I found myself traveling to Eastern Europe for Cross-cultural Psychology and to Costa Rica for Tropical Biology. These experiences abroad sparked my passion for international travel. Between college and grad school, I again had an opportunity to travel internationally when I ventured a second time to Costa Rica for my first mission trip. I am partnered with an international ministry based in Texarkana and intend to incorporate my medical training with missions. My compassion for people inspired me to pursue healthcare, where I will be able to facilitate healing for the whole person - spirit, soul, and body.