Ross Thomason ’11 Used Honors to Charter Career in Education

RossThomasonRoss Thomason, director of recruitment for Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School in Brooklyn, New York, attributes his current professional success to his enrollment in the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University. Scholars and exceptional students are invited to join the Honors College, where they sharpen their skills and are provided with chances for intellectual and personal growth through challenging curricular and co-curricular schedules.

Thomason used every opportunity he was given by the Honors College to his advantage and graduated from TCU in 2011 with a degree in political science and philosophy. He took Honors College classes in the English department, including from Dr. Linda Hughes, who Thomason highly recommends.

“[Dr. Hughes] ability to create connections for students, instill an equally fervent passion for literature in those with whom she works and challenge students’ previously held assumptions, are all marks of a veteran educator and true academic,” Thomason said. “My time in her class classes totally reoriented my approach to engaging with literature and appreciating the power it has.”

Not only did Thomason appreciate the classes he took he also found membership within the Honors College itself to be a rewarding.

Thomason said that the most important part of his membership was his ability to connect to “fellow Horned Frogs who are dedicated to their studies, passionate about their majors and committed to pushing each other in important dialogues relevant to what is going on in our world today.”

The Honors College also provided him with the ability to meet guest speakers, attend special events and take classes from top professors. It also gave him the perk of early registration for classes and the housing option of living in Milton Daniel, the dorm exclusively reserved for honors students.

Upon graduation from TCU’s Honors College, Thomason left with the knowledge on how to push himself harder, demand more from others around him and ask more about every situation he encountered. Not only did the Honors College provide him with many opportunities for self-improvement, it shaped him into the person he is today.

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