X-Honours: Are you ready to explore?
What is X-Honours?
X-Honours is an extracurricular program and a learning community from NHL Stenden for students who want to go the extra mile, who are curious and ambitious and want to develop more competences than is expected from them as a regular student.
In our weekly meetings in the X-Labs on various locations on Wednesday afternoons, we offer inspirational sessions, sometimes with a guest speaker or an interesting workshop, and often given by one of the students on interesting topics. Students also collaborate on projects, have intervision activities in smaller groups, and get coaching on their individual learning plan.
More and more, the programme is being led by X-Honours students who want to share their passion and experience, and dive into interesting subjects themselves. The program itself is based on pillars. See the right column.
The five pillars
“Acquire self-knowledge, set the direction, and create impact”
Students work talent-oriented and are inquisitive as well as interested. They are reflective professionals who are aware of their strengths and weaknesses as well as their position in their learning process. Feedback from others is regularly solicited and implemented according to self-set development goals and objectives. These objectives reflect inner values and drives which are adjusted when necessary.
“Recognize, seize, and create opportunities”
Students turn ideas into actions and products, can win people over and convince them of their ideas. They show initiative and are flexible and service-oriented without being afraid to step out of their comfort zone. Creating opportunities by nurturing one´s own network, not being afraid to take risks and just trying doing something new is a constant process which doesn´t stop after just one project.
“Work in different subject areas and learn with and from others”
Students work in a multidisciplinary manner which means that they collaborate with other students and professionals to reach a shared goal. They approach complex issues and perform research based on various specializations (e.g., IT, design, creative writing), while being open and inquisitive about other subject areas. Multidisciplinary students have gained new insights and skills in subject matters outside their initial study program.
“Create new solutions”
Students look beyond personal (& national) boundaries and create links that may not be obvious at first glance. They come up with new and surprising solutions for complex issues by using their creativity as well as by thinking outside the box. Still, they are able to argue how they came up with these solutions by critically analysing the steps they took.
“Act in accordance with your values and create impact”
Students identify the added values of the professional field and society in their surroundings or elsewhere in the world. They have a strong moral compass that sets the course for their actions (linking to personal leadership). Values and drives can be identified, explained and discussed respectfully with others regarding how and why they contribute to society.
Lastly, students have one free pillar to develop. There is of course overlap with other pillars and mainly Personal Leadership, but this pillar is reserved for a special theme or topic students want to dive into for themselves.
Our student's projects
As an X-Honours student, you formulate your own learning outcomes on the pillars. In order to achieve them,you can do many different activities that we call projects. They can either be initiated by X-Honours, from a student in the programme, from outside, or maybe you have your own idea.
The website you are looking at now is one of those student-initiated projects. Students and coaches with different expertises have worked together on creating content, and are constantly improving the website. This is a nice example of the projects we do at X-Honours. If you are curious to some more examples, see the Wall of Honours.
More detailed information about projects and activities can be found under projects