To All Honors Huskies, Near and Far:
This isn’t the way any of us at the University Honors Program wanted the spring semester to happen! We had so wanted to host all of the events we had planned for the spring, such as the First-Year Honors LLC Showcase, Reading Day (with treats and Ollie the Honors Pup!), and the Honors Cording Ceremony to recognize our graduates.
We know how unsettling the last weeks have been, whether you’re a first-year student, currently on co-op, or a graduating senior. Despite our physical distance, we want you to know that the University Honors Program is here to support you. We will foster the deep sense of community we hope you all share, even from afar.
Here’s where we are:
- The University Honors Program is working remotely for the foreseeable future. But this change doesn’t mean that we are any less active or committed to serving and supporting you! We are and always will be here for you.
- Your Honors Advisors are available for their regular advising hours! We have transitioned our academic advising to virtual platforms such as Microsoft Teams. Our advisors have already had appointments with some of you using this platform, and are excited to keep providing guidance and support to you wherever you are. You can make an appointment via MyNortheastern.
- Information about Fall 2020 courses is now available! We encourage you to consult with your college and Honors advisors as you plan your schedule.
- All Spring 2020 Honors courses have transitioned to virtual platforms.
- We are offering three Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars online during the summer sessions; Professors Heather Littlefield (COS) and Ryan Cordell (CSSH) will teach in Summer I; and Kim Eddleston (DMSB) will teach in Summer 2.
- The Inside the Honors Studio series have also adjusted their remaining sessions to virtual platforms, so those of you who enrolled may complete this unique learning experience.
- Most importantly, our staff is diligently monitoring all electronic correspondence and will respond to your communications in as timely a manner as possible.
First-Year Students: We are transitioning our first-year Honors LLC programming, including the upcoming LLC Showcase, to become meaningful remote experiences. Do you have ideas for how you’d like to connect with your LLC friends and continue to explore the theme of your LLC online ? Your HLLA and Coordinator would love to hear them!
Graduating Students: We are so disappointed to miss the opportunity to celebrate your Honors and Northeastern journeys in person at our Honors Cording Ceremony this spring. We know you must be as well. Please know that we will honor your accomplishments and celebrate your bright futures—both online this spring, and COVID-19 permitting, in person this fall. You will hear more about these options, once there is concrete information to share! We are extremely proud of all of you and look forward to celebrating you soon.
If you have not already done so, please make an appointment via MyNortheastern for your Senior Clearance advising meeting. And, please continue to nominate Honors faculty for the Faculty Excellence Award, and nominate yourself or others for the other Senior Awards.
Students with plans to study abroad this spring/summer: With the unfortunate cancellation of the Summer 2020 Dialogue of Civilizations, we encourage you to watch for communications from the Global Experiences Office (GEO).
Happily, Honors is very pleased that Professor Michael Patrick MacDonald will offer a virtual version of his Summer I DOC, Honors Storytelling, Landscape, and Contested Identities. Be on the look-out for emails about possible Summer II online options.
Well-being: Your health and safety—and the well-being of the entire Honors community— is our highest priority right now. The many changes we’re all experiencing and the physical distance required from us, even from friends and family, can be overwhelming, mentally, emotionally, and physically. We want to reassure you that it is okay to feel whatever you’re feeling during this period of adjustment! We’re all reacting to circumstances the best we can.
From prospective students to first-years to graduating seniors, from the Honors staff and all our faculty— no matter who or where you are— we may be physically distant, but we can remain personally connected and engaged.
Some things you can try to support yourself and those around you:
- Take breaks from the news/social media! Constant updating is exhausting and can be upsetting.
- Stress reduction is essential. Our very own Bouvé and Honors Professor Laura Dudley is offering an initiative called Healthy Together. Start your day with this great stretch.
- Take care of your mind! Mindful breathing exercises are easy to do wherever you are.
- When you’re not working on homework or final projects, make sure you have things to consume that are fun for you! Whether it’s baby animal Instagrams, your favorite tv show, a good book – it’s important to have these things!
- Try to keep to a regular schedule for meals, exercise, and school work.
- Connect with your friends!
- The Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service have lots of virtual resources for Northeastern students, including guided meditations and guided yoga. Check out their YouTube channel for their videos, and follow them on Instagram for notifications around live practices.
- If you feel yourself wanting additional support, please keep Find@Northeastern in mind. It’s accessible to all Northeastern students, wherever you are.
As we all adjust to this temporary new normal, please follow and check out our Instagram, Facebook, and website. We have a lot of great stories about some of you still to appear this semester. We’ll also be sharing news about summer and fall courses as well as updates from the Honors team.
We remain firmly committed to supporting you, your education, and your community at Northeastern University. We truly hope that the crisis surrounding COVID-19 will soon be contained and we will see your smiling faces on campus– and in the Honors office–before too long.
Information up-to-date as of March 23, 2020.