Erin Peller


Erin Peller graduated from CSB/SJU in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Economics with a Spanish minor.

What inspired you to participate in the Honors Program?

I wanted the chance to take interesting classes and work with other students who also cared about school the way I do. I wanted the chance to perform at my best and I knew I could do that through Honors.

What are some of the benefits of being an Honors student?

You can take more classes that are offered just to Honors students, you can have meaningful relationships with professors, and make friends. You can develop your professional, speaking, and organizational skills. It enhances your college experience in a way you otherwise couldn’t.

What advice do you have for students considering enrolling in the Honors Program?

Just do it. If you have the chance, do it.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I will be working in Europe. Since I am studying economics, this degree opens a lot of doors in analytics. Having Spanish as my minor, this second language gives me more options, as well.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?

As cliché as it is, the relationships I have made. In life, relationships are what makes everything meaningful. The people here, since literally my first class, have been so good and kind and respectful and fun. Even the relationships that weren’t close to me have taught me so much about what it means to be a good person and what I want my life to be like and what I want the community I live in to look like. The people here are so different than a lot of places.

What are your involvements other than the Honors Program?

I am involved in Women in Economics, the Economics Club, Oikos Honor Society, I have done a little bit of writing for the Record, as well as being involved with HPAC.

How do honors classes compare to non-honors classes?

They offer a more in-depth look at whatever the subject matter of the class is. They provide more challenging readings, in the best sense of the word. They are worth the extra work and the extra time, though. Honors courses are not a pinpoint look at a subject. They place the subject in the world more than another course would. Honors students have a good ability to fit subject matter into the world around them and see how it affects other people and influences the world, and I think that is what sets them apart from a philosophical standpoint.

How has being involved in the honors program enhanced your college experience?

It has been a doorway to more opportunities. More professors, new classmates who cared about school the way I do, new knowledge that I had direct access too. Everything about it was worthwhile. It didn’t take more effort from me in any grand way, it just gave me more opportunities and let me learn more.

What has been your favorite honors class so far?

I don’t know why, because I wouldn’t have said it at the time, but The Philosophy of Feminist Ethics. I took it when I was a freshman or a sophomore, but it was really radical and really hard to swallow, because it was theories I hadn’t heard of before and ideas I hadn’t thought of before. It changed the way I thought about things. It shifted my mind. It had the biggest impact on me. But there wasn’t an Honors course I didn’t like.