“There were many things at Honors College that provided me with opportunities to grow, not just as a student but as a young person ...”
Amy Ginther, who was in Honors College’s first graduating class, has always been ready to explore new options and embrace new challenges. “I chose Honors College because I wanted an alternative university experience,” she said. “I wanted to be challenged in specific ways that catered to my intelligence and potential.”
Amy, who graduated with a B.F.A. in dramatic performance and minors in English and photography, wrote a one-woman show for her honors thesis. After graduating, she took the show on the road, performing at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “Your honors thesis depends a lot on your advisers,” she said. “My thesis adviser was Jean Giebel [associate professor of drama], and she was absolutely wonderful. But Eduardo Duarte [associate professor of foundations, leadership and policy studies] was also one of my mentors from the get-go, and he continues to be a friend to this day. He has inspired me and given me resources for some of my ongoing projects.”
After Edinburgh, Amy returned to the States and became company manager for the Aquila Theatre Company, coordinating a four-month, 26-state theater tour. Amy is currently in Prague, where she is studying for the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, and plans to teach in Argentina and study South American theater.
“There were many things at Honors College that provided me with opportunities to grow, not just as a student but as a young person,” Amy recalled. “All the affordable ventures, such as trips to the opera, allowed me to find new passions and interests.”