"The longer I was a Hendrix student, the more interested I became in public service," said Robert Thompson '93.
Thompson began Hendrix as an English major and originally considered pursuing journalism. He edited The Profile, the student newspaper. As an intern with the Arkansas Times, he wrote an article about a group of black legislators in 1892. As his interest in contemporary issues and policy grew, he became a history major.
After Hendrix, Robert studied history at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland before entering law school and embarking on a successful career in public service. As state representative, Robert has worked tirelessly on a wide range of issues, including business and economic development, crime, education, and the environment.
"I use what I learned at Hendrix every day and think about it all the time as a legislator," he said. "That sort of holistic education background is invaluable to public service."
Students like Robert have discovered their calling and followed their passions at Hendrix for more than 137 years.
That's why Hendrix is among a select group of schools included in the book
Colleges That Change Lives
by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope. Hendrix has been
among the schools selected for each edition of the book since it was first published