My name is Dana Brown and I will be entering my fourth and final year on The Hill (insert tears) and I am thrilled that you will be here with me. I am an out-of-state student from Brownsburg, Indiana, a suburban town just west of Indianapolis. My major is Sport Management and I have a minor in Business Administration. I am not only your counselor at H4 but also your directional leader! (You’re probably super confused in the current moment as you have no idea what that means, but it will make a lot more sense in a few weeks, just hang in there!).
I’ll do my best to give you a quick break down of everything I’ve done since my freshman year and I need you to try your best and not be overwhelmed by all these things. I added them one by one since my first year on The Hill and it may seem like a lot but I promise it’s not (that much at least). I work nearly full-time in the WKU Athletic Department because #GoTops am I right? I’ve done that for five semesters working with all of our 16 teams, but particularly with men’s basketball, women’s tennis and track and field. I’m also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority where I have held two executive positions, including my current term as chapter president. I highly recommend Greek Life to make friends, gain leadership skills and find out more about yourself. I’ve also been involved heavily in my major through the Sport Management Club where I have served as Treasurer and President. I also love the Mahurin Honors College a whole lot (obviously) and serve as a counselor at H4 and an HonorsTopper (those people that gave you your Honors tour if you had one). There’s a few other things I do here and there, but those are the main things that I choose to invest my time in. My favorite thing about college is that you have 24 hours in a day, seven days a week to choose to do whatever you please. It comes with a lot of responsibility but also a ton of fun.
I’ll be honest with you here (as I always will be): H4 is pretty awkward and uncomfortable. And I am very aware of that. You’re thrown into a room with 150 strangers and told to get on a bus and become friends, believe me its beyond awkward. We know, we’ve all been there. It’s not easy, but I promise it will be worth your time. While I was consistently and painfully awkward when I came to H4, I met people that ended up being my best friends. I met people that were and still are just acquaintances. I met the friendliest honors staff members ever that will eventually be invited to my wedding because they have done that much for me. It may start out a little crazy and a little strange, however, the awesome, supportive community that you are going to build over the next four years undoubtedly starts during H4. So try to embrace it! I’ll try to make it slightly less uncomfy.
Freshman year is weird and busy and exciting and fun. Even entering my final year at WKU, I can recall vivid memories of nights in Minton Hall with people who are still my best friends to this day. I can only hope that the Mahurin Honors College Class of 2023 has as good of a time as 2020 did, and I’m sure you will.
Please do not hesitate to use that Topper email of yours and send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not answer right away but I promise I’ll get back to you. I hope you are as excited for H4 as I am! I’ll see you real soon!