My experience at AGS has been the best of my life. I have grown both as a person and as an intellectual because of the environment and opportunities presented here. I have made life-long friendships, broadened my mind, and I have gained a new found sense of independence that will no doubt help me in my looming college future. Long live AGS!
I attended the very first AGS. As many others have noted – it was a life
changing experience for this small town girl.
was absolutely one of the most fun, enlightening, and constructive events in my
entire life. My decision to come to AGS is one of the best decisions I’ve ever
made. I feel that AGS has not only taught me how to become a better thinker but
the lessons I’ve learned are priceless. I wish everybody could have the
experience that I did this summer.
There’s not enough room to say all AGS has given me. I
respect myself and others, but most importantly it’s given me the confidence to
go home and tell people that I’m going to make a difference.
School Now: Alpharetta Georgia (North
Metro Atlanta) My summer at AGS '86 was a true life event for me. It helped to
focus me academically and socially in a number of ways. I will always value
that time and the experiences and friendships that were made on campus. It was
an honor and a pleasure.
I attended AGS in the area of
Instrumental Music. Received my
Bachelor’s Degree form UAF in Music Performance, then a Master’s in Business at
UW-Madison. Now I am Development Director
for the School of
Education at UW-Madison
and mother to my son John. I loved AGS,
and if I move back to AR someday I hope he can go!
AGS was one of the best summers of
AGS was, without a doubt, the formative experience in my life.
AGS rocked my face off! I had an amazing summer of intellectual
growth and social interaction. I
attribute my working in education today directly to positive experiences that I
had that the secondary level. AGS is at
the top of the list.
AGS is one of many reasons I will
always claim to be a proud Arkansan!
I’m working as a producer in the
news division at the Discovery Channel in Silver
Spring, MD. The
intellectual curiosity sparked so many years ago on the Hendrix campus at AGS
still feeds my career and my happiness!
I remain so grateful for the experience.
I still credit Governors School
as one of the main reasons I’ve been successful!
I came across “Koyaanisqatsi” on
Hulu tonight and began to remember how much I loved Governor's School and how
it has played a role in shaping my educational and professional career. Thank
I attended AGS 1997 as a
percussionist in the instrumental music program. In the summer of 1998. I was one of two AR
delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. After graduating from Purdue University
in 2002 with a BS in Chemical Engineering, I worked for 5 years as a biotech
process design engineer for Fluor Corporation.
In January of 2007, my wife and I moved to New Zealand, where I am studying
for a degree in Audio Production and taking part-time courses in contemporary
music (drumset focus).
I attended AGS in the summer of 2001
in the instrumental area playing trombone with the orchestra. After graduating from high school, I attended
Arkansas Tech University for two years and then transferred to the University
of Central Arkansas to continue working toward my BM in Trombone Performance
with Dr. Denis Winter, who just so happened to be the low brass coach at AGS in
the summer 2001 session I attended. I
graduated from UCA in May 2007, earning my Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance,
and have even higher goals. I was
offered and have accepted a graduate teaching assistantship to Oklahoma State
University to pursue my Master’s Degree I Trombone Performance and Pedagogy
beginning this upcoming fall 2007, studying with Mr. Paul Compton. Since leaving AGS in 2001, I have had many
great experiences that I owe to AGS. By
attending AGS, my decision to pursue music as a career was cemented, and I
haven’t looked back! Though I haven’t
been in touch with a lot of AGS Student Alumni from my 2001 AGS session, I have
maintained working relations with various faculty at AGS whom introduced me to
professionalism in music, and for that I am very grateful. Over the past few years, mainly during my
study at UCA, I have met and performed with some world class musicians and
people, have formed meaningful relationships with UCA Faculty heralding all the
way back to AGS, and I have even gotten to travel with the UCA BearBones
trombone ensemble to Birmingham, UK during the summer of 2006 for the
international trombone festival. Since
my first performance playing with orchestra at the AGS session I attended, I
realized that music is more to me than just a pastime or hobby; it is a core
fundamental to by being and something enjoyable that doesn’t fade. I was very happy with my AGS experience and
hope only that many more students will have the pleasure of being immersed in
its atmosphere of continual growth.
AGS was a life changing experience
for me! I met lifelong friends and
learned an abundance of lessons that help me every day! I love AGS!!!
I do and will always love the
experience I got from AGS. I am now a Senior at the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock, and I can’t wait to graduate!
When I look back at my life in high school and my passed years as a college
student, I owe AGS for helping me grow into the person I am today. I grew up as
a Homeschooler and back when I was in high school, AGS wasn't considered the
best idea. I even had a mentor be not so excited when I mentioned attending AGS
to him! But despite the negativity, I loved it. And I will always be thankful
to the people who put AGS out there for rising young adults. I hope to someday
come back and be a staff, but I don't know if my school schedule will allow me
to participate. But even if I cannot be a staff member, I continuously mention
the amazing experience on the Hendrix Campus.
did a lot of things for me. It gave me new motivation, ideas about my future,
friends from across the state, and a way to fill my summer that did not involve
sitting on the couch at home. All good things. The greatest gift, however, was
the fact that for the first time I was completely and consistently engaged in
my environment. As a gifted student, back home in my own small town school, I,
all too often, slide by with my mind on autopilot, good grades and test scores
requiring not focus nor thought. Governor's School asked something different of
me. Presented with new ideas and activities minute by minute, I was required to
"tune-in" my mind and actively participate in my environment. I was
challenged, my ideas were challenged, and I was asked to rise to a new set of
standards that involved more than just sliding through. This is priceless. I
cannot express the value of being truly involved. AGS has dusted the cobwebs
from my mind, built up from years of nonuse in non-challenging classrooms and
discussions. I am now a well-oiled thinking machine, ready to return home and
involve myself in my school and community. After all, you only get out what you
I had the time of my LIFE at AGS.
I had a great and exciting time
while I was at AGS, and I wish the fun would have never ended!!
has shown me the value of critiquing my own ideals and beliefs while showing me
the validity of the views held by others. AGS has sparked a desire in me to explore
and discover the world and the people in it. I do not think I will ever forget
this experience, and if I do, I believe I will have forgotten myself.
AGS was one of the greatest, most
enjoyable and informative experiences of my life. I will never forget the experience, the
instructors, or the students that I met during my stay.
is a wonderful institution that resurrected my love for learning.
AGS was by far the coolest, most
life-changing experience ever. For real.
This was a wonderful experience for
me, and I will never experience anything like it again.
I just got back from AGS, and it was
one of the best experiences I have ever had.
I loved AGS, and I hope that many
more people have the same opportunity that I had to attend.
Before applying, I thought
six weeks would be too long. Now I wish there were more. I've learned more
about myself and the world in this six weeks than I could've learned anywhere
else. Everyone here showed each other so much love, respect, and kindness. This
is an absolute utopia. I was so happy here, and the high expectations I arrived
with were far, far exceeded.
AGS has been one of the best
experiences of my life so far, and I’m so glad I had the chance to go. Thank you to all the faculty at AGS for
making it great!
AGS was one of the best experiences
of my life! I learned so much and was
opened to so many new things.
I went to AGS for visual art, and I
I attended AGS in 2006 in the area
of Instrumental Music. AGS was awesome
AGS was a great experience for
me. I loved it!
AGS was a life changing experience
for me. I hope that everyone else can
say the same thing! It will certainly be
interesting to see how we all turn out as we go on to college and pursue future
families and careers. I hope that we all stay in touch for years to come.
AGS was amazing! I learned so much. Thank GOD for those 6 weeks.
When I went to ASG, I went for
Visual Arts. Since then, I have been
taking as many art classes as possible!!
AGS was the most incredible experience of my life! You know sometimes when you get around your
best friends and you get into deep conversations? That’s what AGS was EVERY DAY!! It was so
incredible! If I could go back and do it
all over again, I would in a heartbeat.
Thanks Lyle and all the AGS STAFF!!!
I love you ALL!!! J
I really enjoyed my time at
AGS. I even miss it. Great experience for me that I will never
Governor’s School was the best six
weeks of my life.
I couldn’t have made a better choice
than to have spent my Summer at AGS. No
other camp, internship, or activity over the Summer would’ve been more fun or
near as interesting as AGS. The six
weeks I spent at AGS are six weeks I’ll never forget! AGS is where I met my girlfriend Helen, so
needless to say AGS is still affecting my life (in a good way)!
I went to AGS for Social Sciences
and absolutely loved it!!
I LOVED AGS! It was the best start to my senior year.
AGS was the best thing I could have
ever done for myself. That is one summer
I will never forget as long as I live.
Thanks you so much. The program
should never be stopped.
AGS was the greatest experience of
my life. I will always remember the
things I learned there and cherish the friends and memories I made.
I really liked the Arkansas Governors
School program. I met a
lot of people there that I will keep in touch with for a long time. I am a hard worker, and I experienced a lot
while attending this program.
I love art. I’m currently enrolled in UAFS for Graphic
Design while still in high school :) I
love AGS for making me the way I am today.
I loved AGS so much and miss it a
ton! I hope I get to return soon. Thank
you for this wonderful experience.
On a side note, going to AGS was one
of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life. Because of going, I have made life long
friends, I have matured greatly, and I am motivated to go far in life. If you guys ever need anything in the future,
whether it’s a photographer, dancer, whatever, I would be happy to help. Thank you for everything.
AGS was the best summer of my life,
and I grew so much from it. I've never felt so much a part of something before.
AGS has given me the confidence to be able to step into college life after my
senior year, and I'm not longer afraid to be different.
My overall experience at
AGS was phenomenal. In a way, it has ruined me for traditional school. At AGS I
was given the opportunity to learn for the sake of learning and interest, not
for a test, and it is hard to imagine going back to learning for a test only.
AGS provided me with a wealth of activities and seminars that introduced me to
subjects I had never thought about before and showed me sides of topics that I
previously loved but now love even more. The educational aspect of AGS cannot
be overstated. I have learned more than I could have imagined, and the impact
not only on general knowledge but my overall ability to think critically about
all aspects of life is incredibly significant. In terms of social interactions,
AGS was invaluable. I learned to live with two roommates and hold meaningful
conversations with people I knew little about. I was able to talk in-depth
about complicated and controversial issues in an environment where what you said
mattered just as much as how you said it and how you structured your argument.
My philosophy on the world hasn't necessarily been changed, but I now think
much more critically about it and the ideas of others as a whole. I have also
met many new friends and people that I want to stay in contact with, and have
learned so much from the overall community here. AGS has had a profound impact
on me, and I can't wait to carry forward what I have learned.