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Volleyball player Cassie Wait digs Honors Program

Few college students have more time commitments than intercollegiate athletes in the midst of their sport’s season. With high academic expectations, it’s no wonder that the University Honors Program gets passed up by even the most qualified student-athletes.

Not so for freshman volleyball player Cassie Wait who has put herself in a high-stakes academic game, as well.

“I thought Honors provided a very good experience, because I knew so much of my time would be spent with athletics,” she says. “After having my Honors seminar last semester and being in Nunemaker and the atmosphere there, I knew it was a good fit for me.”

Cassie, who is a business major from Gardner in her second semester at KU, already has made connections with fellow Honors students.

“I’ve always been someone who loves being challenged, and it’s nice to get that aspect outside of athletics. With Honors, you’re surrounding yourself with people who like challenges, and that’s great. The Honors Program has inspired me to expand my boundaries and be around people who want to get out and do stuff,” she says.

Because business students jump right into classes in their major, Cassie says it would be difficult to meet a lot of students with other majors, if it weren’t for the Honors Program. Already, she has had classes with engineers and scientists and has learned about their interests.

“There is such a diverse background of kids – the conversations you have are so much more enthralling,” she says. “The community is such a cool idea. They do a very good job of connecting you and keeping you involved.”

When she is outside of volleyball season, Cassie has been doing community service, trying to seek out ways to be involved at KU and in the community.

She will look for summer internship opportunities to give her some experience in business. Eventually, attending law school or pursuing an MBA are good possibilities. And there is always the potential for playing volleyball professionally, especially in Europe.

For now, she has plenty to keep her busy.

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9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
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