Hi there, friend!
My name is Heidi Holgate and I am so excited to meet you so soon. I hope your summer has been fantastic and that you are taking some relaxing moments to yourself. I’m just here to say hello, welcome you to the Honors family, and let you know a little bit about me. I am from Glasgow, Kentucky which is about 40 minutes from WKU. I have been working at The Center for Courageous Kids summer camp and have gotten the opportunity to teach a cooking course to medically fragile children. I am double majoring in Film and English (Creative Writing). But other than writing and watching movies, I am an avid Spotify user. Making playlists and discovering new music is my favorite pastime. You can usually find me around campus in an Eno reading or studying in various bookstores and libraries in Bowling Green. I love to hike and kayak. Honestly, I would probably live outside and barefoot if that was socially acceptable.
I am the Academics Chair for Delta Zeta and have written pieces for WKU’s magazine Talisman. There’s nothing I enjoy more about WKU than how easy it is to meet new people on campus, so I often attend events with guest speakers for the English and History Department and enjoy the various film series that are screened in Cherry Hall and Jody Richards Mass Media and Technology Hall. But the best experience I have had because of WKU was, hands down, studying abroad in Grantham, England at Harlaxton College. I gained my best friends abroad from WKU and was able to see the beauty of 16 countries. Studying abroad allowed me to grow in ways I probably would not have been able to grow in otherwise. England became a second home to me but also made me appreciate the comfort and community of Bowling Green.
The Mahurin Honors College and the support of the Study Abroad Office in traveling are what ultimately drew me to WKU. On my Honors tour, I felt so encouraged in pursuing my dreams, no matter how big they might be. And then, coming to H4 my freshmen year only affirmed my ability to make my goals reality. H4 was a place where I met some of my best friends and what set the tone for all my Honors experiences that have followed to date. I even found a few new dreams at H4. When I was a camper, the videographer spoke about how she had recently finished something called “the World Race,” an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries. That planted in me a new hope for a life of service and selflessness. I’m so excited to share this kind of dream-making magic that is so evident at H4 and within the Mahurin Honors College.
I truly can’t wait to meet you and give you a very warm welcome. Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like. My contact information is listed below. Let me know if you have any questions about packing, H4, or just want to introduce yourself. We are going to have the best time in August. And until then, GO TOPS!