Erin McLeod

Major:  English

Class: Sophomore

Hometown:  Purvis, MS

Activities & Honors: Kappa Delta Sorority, Eagle Connection Team 2012-2013, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Freshman Associates, The Legacy Student Alumni Association, Student Eagle Club, Presidential Scholar, Most Outstanding Freshman Female, College Panhellenic Council Outstanding New Member, President's List Fall 2011

About me:  After graduating from Southern Miss, I plan to pursue a career in education administration either as a high school principal, superintendent or university administrator. I will either teach AP literature or language at a high school for three years before returning to Southern Miss to earn my master's in education administration, or I will work at a university as a graduate assistant while I earn my Doctorate in Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Ruth Percy's World Civilization 101 class had been one of my favorite Honors classes so far. Instead of teaching through lectures and lengthy exams, we studied artifacts in the British Museum. We learned from podcasts posted on the Internet by the museum, discussed the artifacts in class, and created our own podcasts to present to the class. Dr. Percy treated our freshman class like adults, and as Honors students she expected as much out of us as her 400 level history students. As a native of Britain, Dr. Percy is extremely knowledgeable on the topic and kept what could have been a boring history class innovative and exciting.

I have grown up in the Hattiesburg area my entire life, and my goal has always been to be a student in the Southern Miss Honors College. I toured other universities across the state, but none of the honors colleges could compare to what we have at USM. After attending Honors Day in the fall of my senior year, I felt a sense of belonging and support within the honors program. Our active learning classes and study abroad programs are top notch, but the sense of family within the university makes our Honors College stand out from the crowd. My advice to prospective students is to come tour our beautiful campus and learn more about our Honors Program! Trust me, after sitting on the porch swings of the historical Honors House, you will not have any trouble picturing yourself as a Golden Eagle!