My name is Zena Pare, I’m from Alvaton, Kentucky, and I am a Sophomore here on the Hill. I am so excited to meet you this fall as you start your academic adventure at WKU!
So you can get to know me before we actually meet, here’s a little bit of info. I’m double majoring in International Business and Corporate & Organizational Communication with double minors in Economics and American Sign Language Studies. I absolutely love the Mahurin Honors College, and it has provided me with so many opportunities (including being able to be your H4 counselor)! This past spring I studied abroad through Semester at Sea, and after the semester ended, I backpacked in Europe with my friends for another month. In all, I was fortunate enough to experience 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. I would love to live abroad for a few years after graduation and possibly join the Peace Corps before pursuing an MBA. I’m already excited to travel again soon! My family and I are headed to Washington state and Alaska this summer, and then I’ll have just a few states left to have visited all 50.
When I am on campus, I love being involved! This fall I will begin serving as an HonorsTopper (the Mahurin Honors College ambassadors), which I am pumped about. In addition, I attend the Christian Student Fellowship, am a member of the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha, work in the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Ambassador, serve as a representative on the Honors Development Board, participate in both the Women in Business Club and the American Sign Language Organization, and practice hot yoga as much as I can. Before I left for my semester abroad, I also worked in the American Sign Language Lab on campus and volunteered with Refuge International Bowling Green. This summer, I am working in the Office at the Governor’s Scholars Program at Morehead State University. In my free time, I love rollercoasters, black coffee, the outdoors, dark chocolate, and good books & conversations.
The Mahurin Honors College provides so many exciting opportunities and enjoyable traditions, from scholarship funding to midnight pancakes during finals week. I can’t wait for you to experience what the Honors College has to offer! As you begin college, try to keep an open mind—sometimes the best experiences are ones you didn’t expect! College is a wonderful time to push yourself out of your comfort zone, whether through challenging courses, studying abroad, or experiencing solid conversations. My best advice is to seriously sit down with yourself to see what you want to achieve from your time at college, and then figure out what experiences will allow you to connect and complete those goals! The Mahurin Honors College is full of countless welcoming, helpful, and generous people who will support you along the way.
I’m so stoked to get to know you at H4 and then for the next few years at WKU! Please contact me to say hi or if you have any questions!
Class of 2022