University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

Lindsey Freson

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Graphic Communication Design
Focus on Research & Creative Arts

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As a freethinking student and explorer of any and all things, Lindsey did not know what University Honors would hold for her when she accepted her invitation to the program. Lindsey started researching the program immediately and began to see some of the excellent opportunities she could take advantage of. As Lindsey has progressed in the program, she has accumulated nearly twice the number of required experiences for her year in the program and does not intend on slowing down anytime soon. “I am taking advantage of every experience that I can,” says Lindsey, and University Honors has helped her branch out into areas that she may not have otherwise encountered. Her Honors Experiences include a seven-month, self-designed experience to Australia and also taking advantage of a program that took her backpacking through Switzerland, Italy, Greece, and Turkey focusing on art history. However, her next experience could possibly be her most exciting. Lindsey is working with the UC Geology Department this summer to go on a trip to the Bahamas to conduct ocean research. Although Lindsey is a design student, this provides her with an opportunity to experience things in different disciplines as she works towards her degree.

In addition to the numerous international experiences, she also has an array of Honors Experiences that did not leave a stamp in her passport. She fondly recalls the interactive structure of her on-campus Honors Seminars on the topics of art history and global studies. As Lindsey puts it, “I have many interests and do not want to restrict my education by limiting myself to one discipline. University Honors has enabled me to explore a variety of fields while working toward my academic goals.”

When Lindsey is not traveling the globe, she finds time to participate in many opportunities at UC. These include being an avid skier and volunteering to assist individuals with disabilities ski at Perfect North Slopes. She found this activity so rewarding and enjoyable that she reached out to her peers and created a sizable volunteer pool of UC students. She became a certified scuba diver in preparation for her trip to Australia, where she fell in love with the underwater environment by diving off the coasts of Australia and Fiji. Upon returning to campus she earned her advanced open water diving certification, is working towards her rescue diver certification, and is in the process of reviving the inactive scuba diving club at UC. As a member on the executive board of UC’s chapter of The American Marketing Association, Lindsey had the opportunity to be one of two students representing the chapter at The AMA International Collegiate Conference, where UC’s chapter took home four awards. In the future, Lindsey intends to use all of her experiences from UC and University Honors to make a difference, or as Lindsey puts it, “…combine design thinking, cross-cultural interaction, the outdoors, conservation photography, and the ocean.”

To learn more about Lindsey and her experience on and off campus at UC, check out her website!

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