Caleb Wallace is a member of the Honors cohort of 2020 who is majoring in Mathematics and Economics. Caleb is also a member of the E&H baseball team and the head of the Math Club. Following his time at Emory and Henry, Caleb plans to become a financial advisor.
Q: What is the Honors Program to you?
A: The Honors Program is not only a strong academic community but also a diverse intellectual community that takes student’s academic experiences to the next level by providing opportunities that will broaden experiences like you would not believe. The Honors Program consists of students from countless different backgrounds and is a collaboration of students who are seemingly different but in many ways working towards the same goals. The Honors Program itself undoubtedly pushes me to be the best student possible with expectations and requirements, but turning to my cohorts for information in other fields or advice and guidance in difficult work is what truly puts an indescribable amount of value in the Program.
Q: How would you describe the character of the Honors Program?
A: The Honors Program has phenomenal character, which is not developed through rules and regulations or some numbers on a page, but rather the work ethic and credibility established by members of the cohort as well as Dr. Boltwood and other advisors. The Program’s character is spoken for when one looks at the level of academic achievement within each cohort and the quality academic work that is produced as a result of an Honors contracted class or even a senior thesis. The exceptional quality of this additional work involved with being an Honors student is embraced by members of the cohort as an opportunity to better themselves, which ultimately speaks to the true character of the program.
Q: What advice would you give to First Year Honors Scholars?
A: Making the choice to take a class or dive into scholarly work that may seem far-fetched at the time is never a wrong decision. In fact, this is the best decision one can make, especially early in their academic career. Given that Honors students have opportunities to get into popular or upper-level classes, first-year Honors scholars should take advantage of this by stepping outside of their comfort zone and enrolling in courses that may seem completely unrelated to the occupation they desire to pursue at the time. Your academic career will undoubtedly swing in 100 different directions and probably end up somewhere you could have never foreseen, so make the most of the roller coaster ride by broadening your horizons and giving yourself the chance to be enveloped in more than what you anticipated.
Q: What is one of your most significant experiences at E&H?
A: One of the most significant experiences I’ve had was the trip to New York City at the conclusion of my freshman year. The trip was brilliantly designed, with plenty of time to explore the city and plenty of chances to see and do everything I wanted. The significance of the trip was not sight-seeing and experiencing the things you see on TV such as Times Square or the Empire State Building as much as it was experiencing so many different cultures in one city. Living in a rural area with a fairly low population and going to school in a similar area such as Emory, we often times are not exposed to several different cultures. In NYC, I was able to experience Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and Thai cultures, which opened my eyes to how very different our world is, but at the same time how similar all of humanity is.