Kenneth Brown, Jr. '19
Human Service Studies Major
Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina Scholar
"As a first-year on campus that looks nothing like what a "typical" Elon student is, the Odyssey Scholars Program has helped me realize that I belong on this campus. Whether it's being class president, a reporter, or an executive board member of a student organization, Odyssey has taught me to be vulnerable, embrace every opportunity that may come across my plate, and that I can do anything! It was humbling and an honor to be a mentor for the incoming class this summer. It gave me a platform to show them how much this program means to me and the blessings that come with it. I'm just a sophomore and I can't wait to see what lies next on this road."
Melina Casados '18
The Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina Achievement Scholar
"I fell in love with journalism when I was in the 7th grade and joined the yearbook. Through my summer internship with Chapel Hill Magazine and Durham Magazine, I experienced the profession firsthand, and it has successfully fueled the passion and interest I discovered at age 13. As I reflect on my progressions, I recognize that my sense of determination to make the most of my professional experiences was fostered in Odyssey. Since my first day with the program, I have been offered a solid foundation of resources and networks at Elon. For this, and a resilient support from a community that genuinely wants me to succeed, I am immensely grateful."
Jenny Sigua '18
Public Health Studies Major
"I started college as a premed major but became discouraged due to the challenging academic material. I became frustrated and was told by an Odyssey advisor, "You have the intelligence, strong work ethic and determination to go back to taking natural science courses and go into the medical field like you first envisioned." This past summer, I went on a nine day medical brigade to Nicaragua and shadowed doctors and dentists, delivered medical supplies and built latrines for poor families. Had it not been for words of encouragement, I would have continued to believe that I do not have the qualities to pursue a career in the medical field."
Justin Brown '17
Religious Studies Major
John L. Georgeo Scholar and Honors Fellow
"Without the Odyssey Program, I would have never been able to study abroad in Varanasi, India. The time I spent abroad was, by far, the best experience I've had in my life. I got to expand my boundaries, learn more about Indian culture, and ultimately learn more about myself as well. Not only that, but I got to see some of the most beautiful natural sites in the world when I traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal. I would not be the same person I am today without my study abroad experience and, by extension, the Odyssey Scholars Program."