Meet a Student Assistant -Anissa

Hi everyone!

I’m Anissa Patterson, one of the honors student assistants. I am a rising senior majoring in Business Management with a minor in Spanish. I started working as a student assistant in February, and only worked physically in the office for about a month until we moved to remote work. It was quite a learning curve but Jennifer, Nancy, Elizabeth and the other student workers created an uplifting environment that made it easier to navigate the move to remote work. Throughout my time at DePaul I have been an active member of the Honors Program. Freshman year I lived on the honors floor in Clifton-Fullerton which allowed me to come out of my shell and make new friends with similar passions. I frequented the Honors Student-Faculty dinners which helped me get to know some professors better and meet honors students in different years. In my junior year I became an Honors Mentor which was a great experience because I got to help incoming freshmen learn about DePaul and what makes the Honors Program so unique. I will also be an Honors Mentor this coming fall which will be exciting but full of new challenges as I attempt to mentor students via zoom. 

I am also involved in other on campus activities, including the DePaul Swim Club. I have been an active swimmer since high school and was overjoyed when I found the Swim Club here at DePaul. I have made some of my best friends in the pool at the Ray and I am hoping that we can figure out some way to keep the team together during the 2020-2021 school year, although I know it will be drastically different. When I am not on campus I am at my apartment cuddling with my one year old cat Luna, reading or playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the switch. Throughout quarantine I have also tried my best to remain active by doing at home workouts and taking walks to the lake. Pre-covid you would usually be able to find me at a cubs game or at a concert. Some of my favorite artists are Twenty One Pilots, Twin XL, Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. I am excited for fall quarter to begin as I will hopefully regain some structure in my days, as it has been hard to stay motivated this summer. I look forward to returning to campus, eventually, and until then I will be sitting on my couch remodeling my Animal Crossing island. 

All the best,

Anissa Patterson

DePaul Swim Club
Luna, my lovely cat
My Animal Crossing character enjoying fireworks

Meet a Student Assistant – Hannah

Hello! My name is Hannah and I am one of the student assistants who works in the Honors Office. Many of you may already know me from the office or shared Honors classes, but I’m about to start my final quarter to complete my degree in Political Science. This fall will be my last quarter at DePaul and as a Student Assistant for the Honors Program, but I’ve spent the past two years working with Jennifer, Nancy, Elizabeth and so many other amazing honors office staff.

Since DePaul’s campus and much of Chicago closed down in March, the majority of my work for the office has been behind the scenes – with Anissa, Elizabeth, and myself working together to create an online version of the Honors Conference for student research. I’ve been doing that work from my home in Lexington, North Carolina, where I’m living with my mom and stepdad and our dog Rufus. Since my return, I’ve used my free time to pursue hobbies that are all pro-social distancing, something that’s much easier in a town of 13,000 people rather than in a city of 2 million. I’ve successfully planted an herb garden, started to learn how to knit, and worked on embroidery projects. Outside of those, I spend most of my time reading and hanging out with my dog. When it’s not too hot outside he and I go on long walks on the walking trails in the public park by our house or sit in the backyard in the sun. Since quarantine began I’ve been keeping up with my friends as much as I can through video-calls (and sometimes just text because… zoom), but the majority of my social interaction comes from commiserating with my sister who lives in Scotland, where lockdown is much stricter and police enforced and she lives alone with her two rats.

While, like many others, I won’t be on campus this fall to see anyone in person, I hope you all have a great quarter wherever you are. 

Stay safe! 


Rufus (as mentioned above)