Knox students come from diverse backgrounds (hailing from 48 states, 51 countries, and all sorts of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds), but all of them appreciate the freedom that comes with being challenged to develop paths that open up both their minds and their possibilities for the future. They're intellectually curious individuals who are willing to acquire knowledge and create it, question assumptions as well as understand accepted truths.
They're students like:
- Eva, who did an independent study during the spring of her first year at Knox on "Health and Politics in Nicaragua," then spent the next summer in Nicaragua working on public health in rural regions.
- Matt, who did a psychology honors project that was influenced by his internship at a domestic violence shelter and wrote a novel for a creative writing Honors project.
- Pamela, who received a funding grant (and academic credit) from Knox to spend the summer developing a film project to get young kids excited about the arts.
- David, whose Honors thesis involved an activist project helping Thai peasants mobilize to shut down a potash mine.
- Julia, who went into the Galesburg elementary schools to analyze their social studies textbooks.
- Andy, whose neuroscience independent study project involved devising a way to measure drug-seeking behavior in rats.
- Ellen, who spent a term studying in India, where she helped young girls learn ways to avoid exploitation and assert their human rights.