Honors Student Spotlight: Ericka Contreras

Ericka Contreras


Year: Senior

Major: Communications

Hometown: Camden, South Carolina

Extracurriculars: Ambassador, World Scholar, Resident Assistant, Student Representation for the Academic Standards Committee

Q: How did you choose your major?

A: “It’s something I always figured I would do, and I thought that I was good at it. In high school I didn’t really understand what the communications major would involve, but now that I am in college I think it was the right choice. I love it. It’s a very flexible, very fun field to be in.”

Q: What do you plan to do after graduation?

A: “Public relations. It’s not my dream field but it’s a good field to start in.”

Q: Why did you decide to apply for the Honors Program?

A: “Because I’ve always tried to excel. If there was an opportunity out there open for me, then I was going to take it.”

Q: What has been your favorite Honors course? Why?

A: “The Honors Section of History of Anthropology with Dr. Kenyon. It was something that I never thought I would be interested in. I loved that class, and a lot of that had to do with Dr. Kenyon because he is such an interesting person and is so knowledgeable.”

Q: What made the Honors section of the History of Anthropology different from the regular section?

A: “He expected us to participate more than the regular students, so that prompted me to get more involved in class. He wanted us to be leaders and to get more people to talk. And then we wrote a paper. It was definitely more in-depth research. We were doing our own anthropological study.”

Q: What do you hope to gain by being in the Honors Program?

A: “Since it’s going a step beyond, I hope to gain more satisfaction and knowledge. Also, it’s awesome that study abroad is a requirement. I am going to go in January. We are going to Spain and Portugal with Dr. Kenyon. I am really excited.”

Q: What have you enjoyed so far from the Honors community?

A: “We can relate to each other. If it’s difficult or if we need help, we are there as support for each other.”

Q: What has been the biggest benefit to being in the Honors Program?

A: “The requirements have made me do things that I wouldn’t normally do. It’s made me step out of my element, and it has introduced me to topics that I never would have thought about taking, like anthropology. Who would have thought I would like it?”

Q: How do you think the Honors program adds to Coker University as a whole?

A: “I think it brings students from different areas together and it motivates people. Caleb and David are on the soccer team, Brandon is over there in theater, Zoe is over there in biology, and I am studying communications. I think its bringing people with different majors and different fields together.”

For more information, contact Laura Hoxworth – 843.857.4103