My name is Emma Briggs, and I absolutely can’t wait to meet and work with you as your counselor at H4! I was a camper in 2016, and this will be third year as a counselor. Some of my favorite college memories have been at this retreat, and I’m so excited to share this fun and valuable experience with you!
I am a Bowling Green native, so when it came time for me to decide where to go to college, I was often conflicted between staying in BG and attending WKU, or moving and attending elsewhere. Of course, I chose to be a Hilltopper, and the biggest factor in that decision was the incredible wealth of community and opportunity I found within the Mahurin Honors College at WKU.
I came into my college experience with an undecided major—and that’s okay! The Hill is home to some wonderful advisors and individuals who guided me every step of the way. Within my first year, I declared a major in Elementary Education and a minor in History. I have loved both unique aspects of my education, and I have had some incredible opportunities because of the honors community and my exceptional professors. This past year, I presented historical research at various conferences on the engagement of Kentucky’s women during the Civil War, and the utopic elements of modern Amish and Mennonite communities (so exciting, right?) This summer, I also completed a Summer Teaching Fellowship with Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, NY. There, I worked with students and educational leaders to learn about and address inequities in urban education. The past three years have flown by, and I am so excited to graduate in May and begin my next adventures!
Over the past three years, I have also worked in multiple departments on campus, joined a sorority and have served in numerous leadership positions in my organization, participated in Dance Big Red, became a member of organizations like Best Buddies and Young Americans for Freedom, served on the Circle of Sisterhood committee, worked with a team of Honors Alumni Ambassadors, and will be serving as a sorority recruitment counselor, or Gamma Chi, at the end of this summer. All these things have made campus life so rewarding, and I am excited to help you explore some awesome ways to get involved in your first year at WKU!
When I’m not busy with school or other activities, I also love spending time with family and friends, going for walks, grabbing coffee at Spencer’s, reading, doing almost anything outdoors, and keeping up with the British Royal Family.
Again, I’m super excited to meet you and experience H4! I’ll always remember the hours on the lake, the massive games of Ships and Sailors, and the wonderful opportunities to meet fellow Honors scholars before the school year starts. I hope you’re enjoying your summer and getting super excited for H4 and your freshman year. As you prepare for the many exciting and possibly overwhelming things coming up, remember that it’s okay to be nervous, to ask lots of questions, and to not know what you’re doing. You have plenty of time to figure everything out, and I’m here and ready to help you along the way!
If you have any questions or thoughts before H4 begins, let me know! I’ll be in touch soon, and I can’t wait to meet you!
Emma Briggs (‘20)