Honors Program

Current Student Profile

Austin Kraus

Austin Kraus
  1. What is your year in school?
    Sophomore

  2. What is your major?
    Mechanical Engineering

  3. What is your home city/state?
    Baldwin City, Kansas

  4. Why did you choose to attend UE?
    I chose to attend the University of Evansville for a few key reasons. One was the excellent communication and contact from admissions, faculty, and current students. There were a variety of people always willing to answer my questions about different aspects of UE. Another was the mechanical engineering program. I was able to meet with some members of the faculty face to face and discuss the curriculum, program, and advantages of UE over larger public schools. Finally, the financial opportunities provided to me gave the school a large pull for both me and my parents.

  5. Why did you choose to participate in the Honors Program?
    I wanted to continue to challenge myself as I made the transition from high school to college life. It provides a motivator to continue to excel in school as well as stimulate my intellectual growth. I also wanted to surround myself with friends who would be able to have fun but still know when and how work needs to be done.

  6. What do you enjoy most about the Honors Program?
    I enjoy the community that envelops the Honors Program. Whenever you meet someone that is also in the Honors Program, there is an instant bond. The Honors Teas that happen every Wednesday are also a great way to connect with your peers.

  7. What has been your favorite Honors class so far, and why?
    I have yet to take an Honors course, but I have contracted a few of my classes for honors credit, whereby an outline is agreed upon between the professor and me for deeper study of the course subject. I enjoy doing this because it allows me to get honors credit for courses that I enjoy and want to learn more about.

  8. What are your plans/goals following graduation?
    At the moment, I don't know very many specifics about what I want to do after graduation, but at my current age that isn't such a huge problem. Working for the Department of Defense as an engineer would be pretty stellar though!