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,