Jordan Zachmann


Jordan is a Sophomore Physics major with a Music minor.

What inspired you to participate in the Honors Program?

When I had my trustee scholarship interview, one of the sessions was a meeting with current honors students who said to try the program out, even if I didn’t think I was going to follow through with it.  They said the program offered more discussion-based classes, which I found interesting.  I took my Honors FYS class, and still am a part of the program now. 

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

Classes are more discussion-based, they are more challenging intellectually, and we dive into more topics that pertain to real-life situations.  The community of the Honors Program is nice too, like getting to know the classmates in your Honors FYS.

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

Don’t procrastinate, be a good student, and get your work done.  Time management is key.  Try the Honors Program and see what it’s like.  If you enjoy it, continue it, and if you don’t there’s no hurt in leaving the program.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

With my physics degree, I hope to eventually get my masters and doctorate and do some kind of research hopefully with space and physics.  With my music minor, I would like to be able to compose just for fun.

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

One of the highlights has been making a lot of friends and new connections, in the Honors Program and outside of it.  I have also loved playing in the band and pursuing music.  And lastly, just learning everything that I can and working to be a better person and a better student through understanding.

What are your involvements other than the Honors Program?

I play tuba in the wind ensemble and the brass choir (a smaller choir for brass instruments) and bass guitar at Praise in the Pub.  I work as a physics tutor and TA.  I am also the treasurer of the Physics Club on campus. 

How do honors classes compare to non-honors classes?

They are more discussion based and have more real-life applications.  They are more intellectually challenging and people care a lot more about their learning.

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

I have met a lot of great people, a lot of good friends, and had a great professor for Honors FYS.  It has challenged me in a new way and made me think about things I haven’t thought about before. 

What has been your favorite honors class so far?

My favorite class has been my Honors First Year Seminar, which although being challenging, was enjoyable.