Kristi Fleetwood

Majors: Anthropology and English

Class: Junior

Hometown: Grenada, MS

Activities and Honors: Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Lamda Delta, The Legacy, Student Eagle Club, and Tutor at First Year Initiative

About me:  I have wanted to become an Ambassador since I applied to Southern Miss.  I was so impressed with the program and the Honors College (especially the amazing staff) that I knew I needed to have a larger role in it.  Also, I love the fact that Ambassadors get to talk to the incoming students, helping to guide them to certain clubs and activities and to talk the new students through any struggles that the Ambassadors have already been through.

During my sophomore year I took the Honors religion class which travels to San Francisco.  I had never been out west, and I really do not have the funds to travel out there on my own.  Through the honors college, I was able to cross that off my bucket list, and I only had to pay for food and souvenirs which is nothing compared to the plane ticket and hotel stay that they put forth.  On top of just going to California, the class aspect of the trip was spectacular.  I recommend anyone take Dr. Capper whether it is an Honors class or not.  He is a simply amazing teacher, and he planned an educational trip that also had engaging aspects so we were not cooped up in museums.  We got to go to a Hindu temple on a celebration day, worship with Tibetan Buddhists, visit China Town, shop in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, and completely enjoy San Francisco.

Outside of the classroom and active learning trips, there is a large sense of community amongst the students and the staff at the Honors College.  It is very open, and you can go to Dean Davis, Ms. Stacey, or Ms. Mathis at any point and they will answer questions, or just talk.  College can be overwhelming at times with classes, friends, clubs, and all that it entails.  It is nice to have people who have already gone through it, and they are willing to listen and give advice on how you can get through it, too.