Brittney Connery was another one of the wonderful finalists chosen for The Honors Outstanding Student Award. Although Brittney was not ultimately selected she exemplifies the values of the Honors Program very strongly. It is truly an honor to be a finalist for this award. Below is the interview we coordinated with her,
Brittney Connery, Social Work
What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment at Bridgewater so far?
My greatest accomplishment at Bridgewater has been finding myself. While my instinct was to answer, “Thesis! The thesis! I actually pulled off that thesis!” the reality of my accomplishments at Bridgewater has been much bigger than any research, analysis, or writing. I came in as a 24 year old kid with a broad idea of what I wanted to be and where I wanted to end up. But, what I ended up doing was finding out who I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do with it. I think that’s a pretty phenomenal accomplishment – one that I hope all people have the opportunity to do at some point during their life.
How has the Honors Program impacted your BSU experience?
Being a part of the Honors Program at BSU has pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to push myself beyond what I thought I had the skill set or even the motivation to do. I’ve never thought of the Honors Program as a stepping stone to higher accolades or a necessity for success. Instead, for me, it’s been a space for opportunity – one where I have come face to face with my own expectations, considered future regret, dared myself to go all the way, and been given the chance to meet some of the most amazing mentors and supporters along the way. All in all, it’s impacted my experience at BSU in invaluable ways – ones I certainly never considered.
If you could choose one field other than your own to work/major in, what would it be?
Super hard question! I think I would have to go with Music. I’m not insinuating that I have any musical talent whatsoever because I most certainly do not. However, I do have a genuine appreciation for music – not just the final product but the creative process and the special souls who find a way to share themselves and their world (often ours as well) through it all. So if I were to switch it up, I’d aim for just a glimpse of personal involvement in what I think is magical about music – the creative process. Until then, though, I’ll stick with social work where the passion and the magic is just as amazing; yet it’s more acceptable to be tone-deaf.
If you could transplant BSU to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
California – without a doubt! I would pack up the home that I have found here at BSU and bring it to my “home-home” back in Southern California.
If you had to cross one item off your “bucket list” today, what would it be?
Honestly, I’d start a family. Just saying that makes me feel old and boring, but I’d do it in a heartbeat – skip over all the “responsible” things that need to be done to ensure stability and all that good stuff, give my adrenaline-filled ziplining turn to someone else, and send another individual to Australia. If I could cross just one item off the list, it’d be starting a family of my own.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ben&Jerry’s Red Velvet Cupcake. But not a bowl of it – a pint, please! Is this a good time to disclose that I’m pretty sure I’m lactose intolerant? Either way: pint, please!
What would you include in your ideal sandwich?
Turkey, Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo and Mustard on white bread. But what makes it ideal is some ranch dressing to dip it in. Don’t judge me.
What animal do you feel most captures your personality? Why?
I’d have to say the penguin. However, only the smaller breeds of penguins because those or the ones that live in more temperate regions and I don’t do incredibly well in the cold. More importantly, penguins are superbly adapted to aquatic life and I swam competitively for 11 years so I am a huge fan of how they basically spend 50% of their life on land located near water and the other 50% literally in the ocean. Besides, I’ll never be too old for the ‘Slip and Slide’!
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, famous or not, who would you invite?
Stevie Nicks, Mark Twain, and my wife. I just think that Stevie Nicks is one of the coolest people ever and I’d love to talk about poetry, musical expression, the 70s, and pretty much anything Fleetwood Mac related. I’d also like to spend some time with Mark Twain just to discuss Huckleberry Finn. Not necessarily the story of his adventures, but the ideology behind Huck’s concept of ‘sivilization’ vs. ‘civilization’. I’m telling you, it’s the key to everything. And, as cheesy as it may seem, I would totally still choose to have dinner with my wife because she makes me laugh, she listens to my non-stop talking, and she’s my other half in this world where I’d rather be whole.
Thank you Brittney for sharing all of this with us!