David Sweere: Sketches from Rome and Beyond

January The lighting shifts from a natural white sunlight to an orange tint as I walk down the travertine stairs to the subway station on a brisk January morning. A small crowd is funneled through the turnstiles and down another stair deeper into the concrete tunnels....

If You Give a Snake a Cookie…

Many people rate snakes among their biggest fears, but for senior biology major Caylie Funk, working with timber rattlers is just part of the job. Caylie began her research on rattlesnake metabolic rates over the summer, and was immediately faced with a steep learning...

To Be a Nomad

Last summer, honors international studies major Maddie Williams was one of the first ever students from Arkansas to study abroad in Mongolia. She spent almost four months in the country, and when she wasn't attending lectures, she lived among a family of nomadic...

An Explorer Shares Her Craft

Junior nursing major and Path student Julissa Cervantes spent her summer thriving among the roses and crowds of Madrid, where she improved her Spanish grammar while interacting with locals and expanding her gustatory horizons. Here she writes about the value of...

Tips: Writing Letters of Recommendation that Get Results

by Noah Pittman Every spring, we read about how competitive college admissions continues to get throughout the country. We see all sorts of headlines, ranging from “College X proudly turns away 3,000 students with perfect SAT scores in order to keep its acceptance...
Tips: First Fail! A Survival Guide

Tips: First Fail! A Survival Guide

by Chelsea Hodge I’m originally from Berryville, Arkansas, a small town of about 5,000 people northeast of here. I grew up on a poultry farm – my dad raises chickens for Tyson. When I was 8 years old, I was the Carroll County Cow Chip Chucking Champion, which tells...

Exploring the Extreme on Pilgrimage

Exploring the Extreme on Pilgrimage

After a few relatively sleepy centuries, the number of pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago has exploded, from 2,905 in 1987 to more than 300,000 in 2017. Today, hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims have embraced this medieval ritual, trekking and biking...

When It Rains, It Pours

When It Rains, It Pours

Sometimes all it takes is a little adversity to facilitate a change in perspective. For freshman political science major William Motazedi, a hike through the pouring rain served as a turning point, transforming our Honors Passport: Pilgrimage trip from an incredible...

Where One Journey Ends, A New One Begins

Where One Journey Ends, A New One Begins

Sophomore economics and international relations major Tenley Getschman muses over the differences between our Honors Passport experience of the Camino and that of the pilgrims who actually walked or biked the hundreds of miles to reach Santiago de Compostela. Rather...

I Am Raymond, Seventh of My Name

I Am Raymond, Seventh of My Name

Freshman cultural anthropology major Curtis Worley bonded with the memory of the Count of Toulouse during Honors Passport: Pilgrimage. Here, he takes on the role of Raymond VII, son of the "heretical" count targeted by the French Crown in the Crusade against the...

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A Heretic’s Life

At first, freshman chemistry major Jacob Purifoy worried about connecting with the liberal arts-minded students and historical sites during our Honors Passport: Pilgrimage trip, but he quickly discovered his own passion for history and the beauty of sharing...

A Tale of Nostalgia and Love

Architecture major Anna Ibru, from Lagos, Nigeria, visited Europe for the first time while participating in Honors Passport: Pilgrimage. Thanks to her training in Fay Jones School of Architecture, she proved to be among the most adept in reading subtle differences in...

Tagging History

It seems nothing is sacred: On the Honors Passport Pilgrimage trip honors history/anthropology major Elizabeth Cooper found graffiti carved into stately Romanesque cathedrals and the Roman arena at Arles. Instead of viewing these initials, names and dates as scars on...

Close Encounters on the Camino

Maddie Whipple, an honors history major/Spanish minor, imagines an encounter between pilgrims, both corporeal and spectral, at St. Sernin, a major pilgrimage church that she researched and presented to the Honors Passport: Pilgrimage class. May 21, 1240. Toulouse, the...