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Q: Do UScholars Have a Life?
A: From the Classes of 2007–12


I am incredibly grateful that I joined UScholars — I really can't imagine what my college experience would have been like without it!  Yes, it was more difficult than the Common Curriculum (from what I can tell), and it did require extra time. But I expected college to require a good amount of time to study. UScholars does not, however, require you to sacrifice your life. I still managed to have plenty of time to indulge in the classic "dorm experiences" of SPU, hang out with friends, go for random all night road trips, etc.  It just requires a balance of your time.  Janet, Class of ’07

One of the reasons I loved UScholars, in addition to its academic challenges, was the relationships I've developed. We get to have a class every quarter with the same group of kids, and as such you get to know them really well. From my experience, all of the UScholars I've met (in my grade and grades above and below me) are intelligent people, but people who are down to earth and a whole lot of fun! I am a hard-core advocate of the UScholars program, and would encourage anybody that is wavering to just go for it! Wayne, Class of ’08

Yes, I do have a life!  (I am currently in Italy. I can see the sea right now!) I think of all the professors, the ones I have had through the U Scholars program, who have encouraged me to seize the day and live my life to the fullest. In addition to all of the "scholarly" benefits of the UScholars classes, we also have a unique sense of community when we see one another around campus. Marla, Class of ’09

Of course UScholars have a life, or at least we should! It took me a while to figure out that if I studied before and after class during the daytime, I would have time to do fun things in the evenings. Also, although I may do homework on Friday or Saturday night, I don't usually study both nights and I never study on Sunday. Everyone needs a day off! Try to be organized, and you will have a life! Cory, Class of ’09

I'd say that being a UScholar gives you more of a life than those who ... well, just go through the motions. I’ll always remember the study groups we've had, and discussions that ensue, the in-class discussions, seeing and eating with each other at lunch. I have so many of my closest friends because of UScholars. They're really neat people — they're go-getters, changers. They're very intelligent and not easily led. I learn from them, depend on them, and like I said, have many deep friends among them. We get together to do crazy things like dance, shop at Goodwill, read Scripture dramatically, sword fight, play games, and study of course. Then there are the pizza-and-play parties, and I usually see at least two of them at the different seminars and events with speakers from other schools. We're like the school's best club, in my opinion, only we also have they satisfaction of knowing we had to do something to earn our way into the club. I know I feel more confident in myself because I was able to qualify as one of the SPU scholars. From what I've seen, they’re great company! Britt, Class of ’10

UScholars do have lives! In fact, they usually have the most involved, active lives on campus. I am continually amazed when I discover that some individual I know from music, SPRINT, work, frisbee, intramurals, or the dorms is a UScholar. We are everywhere, infiltrating every niche of SPU, not just the Library, Bookstore, study lounges, and those cozy coffee shops where people go to read. Christye, Class of ’10

Yes, honors students have lives — and some of the best lives on campus. Seriously, though, UScholars was a huge part of my SPU experience, and I don't think my education would have been half as valuable without it. I found it so important to be around other students who similarly wanted to engage issues on a deeper level. I was one of the students sitting on the fence before freshman year, and I chose not to register for UScholars, because I thought it would be too hard (especially because I was taking science classes), too many other adjustments, etc. But after the first quarter of Common Curriculum, I got on the waiting list for UScholars, and I am so glad I did! Yes, it was challenging, but the AP courses in high school really prepared me. Aileen, Class of ’11

As to the question about having a social life while in UScholars, I certainly believe that it can be done. Obviously, students do have a heavier workload than most, but I found that some of my closest friends ended up being UScholars because we bonded through the various classes. Therefore, a huge part of the students' social life will come from this track. I know they will hear it over and over again, but it's all about budgeting time. If you work on a paper a week in advance, a little bit at a time, you have much more time in the long run to do social activities compared to cramming it all in in a few days. Some students have a busier schedule than others, but I can personally say that I have been able to carry a full load, perform well in the honors track, work, and have a social life. It just depends on where students put sleep as a priority sometimes. Harrison, Class of ’12

I hope the students choose to take this program because I know my SPU experience would have been drastically different without it. The professors in the program are some of my favorite on campus, so I am so glad I chose to remain in the program. Laura, Class of ’12