Career and College: Exploring your Aim and Purpose
June 11-16, 2023
For generations, curious minds have come to Hendrix for a great college experience. Now with Life Launch, we are opening our doors to YOU
(rising high school juniors and seniors)
to help you explore college life, future possibilities, and how to navigate any roadblocks that might come your way.
Learn more about who YOU are, what YOU are capable of, and how YOU can make a difference in the world through your college and career adventures. Expand your life experience with helpful and supportive mentoring from Hendrix faculty and staff as well as learn from professionals in their fields.
(And have a whole lot of fun while you're at it...)
Using examples and concepts that anchor the HIST 230: Native North America class: tribal sovereignty, kinship, gender relations, and adaptation and survival, this MasterClass will explore the history of Native America. Within the U.S., there are over 500 Native American nations - each with its own language, culture, and history. The Three Sisters were crops cultivated by women for centuries (corn, beans, and squash). They represent both an important dimension of gender relations in Native American societies and a farming method that was beneficial for soils and human diets. The three deerskin maps exhibit Native American ideas about diplomacy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a time when Indigenous nations were more powerful than they've been commonly characterized.
The Politics of Happiness, is a course appropriate for students interested in the social scientific method and how it can be utilized to answer a question we rarely ask of politicians: "What can you do to make citizens happy?" To address this, students will learn about the happiest countries in the world and put the United States in comparative perspective. They will then examine the political, economic, and societal factors that seem to be related to fulfilled, cohesive, and happy societies. Finally, they will discuss actions they can take to make their own communities happier.
Over the years, viral videos have circulated in which singers are purported to sing two notes at the same time using a technique known as throat singing. What's really going on here? How are singers able to accomplish this, and what does throat singing tell us about the nature of vocal music across global cultures? In this session we examine throat singing from various perspectives, including scientific analysis and ethnomusicology. Plus, you'll learn to do this yourself a bit!
In this hands-on studio art class, we learn about the earliest scientific discoveries that led to what we know now as photography or, drawing with light. The history of photography is rich with tinkerers, dreamers, and self-aggrandizers and its "discovery" came at the end of a time, in the Western World, called the Romantic period in which many were obsessed with spiritualism, or communicating with the dead. Students in this class will learn about that early history, the players, technology, and chemistry, and how those all came together to get us where we are today, making billions of images every day on our hand-held devices. Then we will make our own 19th century salt prints, using the same process and materials as those early scientists did in 1839. This experience provides students a taste of what studio art classes at Hendrix have to offer; history, science, craft, and ultimately self-expression combined with personal vision.
Bacteria are everywhere! While we often associate bacteria with causing disease, these tiny organisms are important for keeping our bodies healthy and for making many types of food. In this hands-on laboratory course, students will learn to sample and grow bacteria from the environment and use biochemical/genetic methods to identify different microbes. We will also use bacteria to make food that students can sample and enjoy at the end of the session. Students with interests in health sciences, medicine, biology and pharmacy often take this course, but the topics are appropriate for anyone who is curious about the fascinating world of microorganisms.
This course is required for students majoring in physics, chemistry, or biochemistry and molecular biology and for students interested in pursuing an engineering degree. It is also often taken by students interested in health sciences and medical school or those wanting to develop a general understanding of physics.
An introduction to the scientific process as it pertains to the physical world with an emphasis on topics such as mechanics (Newtonian, quantum, and statistical), waves, heat, electricity, and magnetism. This course is taught in a hands-on, discovery-based style with lab, computer, and course work integrated into each class meeting.
"Does childhood temperament predict adult health, wealth, and criminal activity?" Temperament is a concept in developmental psychology that encompasses differences in our physiological and emotional reactions (reactivity) and our ability to control our behaviors, thoughts, and emotions (self-regulation). I'll be discussing research that examines how our ability to self-regulate in early childhood is connected to adulthood outcomes such as physical and mental health, financial well-being, and criminal activity.
Students interested in Psychology, Health Sciences, medical school, and education often take this course.
Exploring what YOU want to do with your life begins with learning what you love to do and having conversations with mentors and professionals. Life Launch participants will have the chance to:
The college residence life experience is just as important as what happens in the classroom. Engage in fun activities with other students, peer mentors, and Hendrix faculty and staff.
World Champion swimmer
and Paralympic Medalist Julia Gaffney, 22, has been swimming competitively since 2015. She is currently training for the upcoming World Championships with Hendrix College Coach Tony Marleneanu. Julia will kick off the Life Launch week speaking with participants about overcoming obstacles in life, finding motivation and purpose, and what she's learned (so far) in her international professional swimming career.
, an Arkansas-native, got his start editing short documentaries for Oscar Winner, Morgan Neville (
Twenty Feet From Stardom
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
) and hustling on shoots with Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with his M.F.A., Justin produced and directed his first narrative feature film,
THEN THERE WAS JOE
in 2018, debuting at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Shortly after, Justin co-wrote and edited a psychological-thriller,
, which debuted at the Pasadena International Film Festival in 2021.
An avid international traveler, Justin journeyed to Malawi, Africa, where he produced and directed
Heart of Africa
, a short-documentary shining a light on human compassion in the midst of extreme poverty and conflict. It was in Malawi where Justin cemented his passion for fighting for equality through media.
A finalist at Sundance, Universal, and Final Draft competitions, Justin has gained recognition for his bold screenwriting and was hailed by Franklin Leonard's Blacklist as an "unhinged visionary." In addition to gearing up for his next feature film project, Justin currently leads the editorial department at Hush Harbor Media, battling misinformation and amplifying social justice issues. He lives in Southern California with his wife, son, and dog.
is an award-winning sports public relations veteran, with a career spanning 15 years across collegiate and professional sports, Team USA, and now in television as the Public Relations Manager for ESPN's college networks. She leads day-to-day public relations strategy for ESPN's college football portfolio, including the College Football Playoff, as well as serving as the spokesperson for SEC Network, among other responsibilities. Amanda is a proud graduate of Hendrix College (2008) with a bachelor's degree in religion and English. She earned her master's degree in ethics from Vanderbilt University. She began working in the field while she was still a student at Hendrix College. While earning her master's degree at Vanderbilt University, she worked in communications for both the Commodores and the Nashville Predators (NHL).
is president and chief executive officer of Logitech International. As president and chief executive officer of Logitech, Bracken is responsible for Logitech's strategy for growth and profitability, for the vision for the brand as well as for the company's operations. He joined Logitech as president in April 2012, and assumed the role of chief executive officer in January 2013.
Bracken has more than twenty years of experience in business management and brand management in successful global consumer companies, including Whirlpool, Procter & Gamble and General Electric. His broad executive management experience has spanned manufacturing, supply chain, product innovation, consumer services and marketing - targeting customers in mature and emerging markets. He has led growth and reinvention for iconic brands such as Old Spice, Gillette, Braun, KitchenAid and Whirlpool.
Bracken holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree in English from Hendrix College (1985).
What will I do at Life Launch?
Check out our
sample daily schedule
to get an idea for the typical day at Life Launch!
Who can apply?
rising high school juniors and seniors
are eligible to apply.
In general, applicants should demonstrate that they are
, and they both engage and excel in many different educational, social, and recreational activities.
How do I apply?
The full application process is online for your ease and convenience. There is no cost to apply , deposits are only required after notification of acceptance. Follow these simple steps to complete your application.
How much does it cost?*
*You choose... really,
we mean it!
Our voluntary three-tier tuition recognizes that some families can pay the full cost of the program, while others would be more comfortable paying less. Families may choose the tuition amount that is most suitable for them. No questions asked. Regardless what amount you choose, the amenities, activities, and experiences are the same.
When do I apply? When will I find out if I am accepted?
What does tuition cover?
What if I have private financial assistance to help with the cost of tuition?
We've had several students attend the program who had sponsors from their home communities help with the cost of tuition. We encourage students to engage their local community (school, community/civic organizations (rotary, Kiwanis), church, family and friends). Connecting with local resources is a valuable tool for funding Life Launch and beyond. We will work closely with you and any sponsors to support private assistance. Contact us to make arrangements before completing registration.
What else do I need to know?
Deposit: A minimum $500.00 deposit for tuition is required at registration
(there is NO COST to apply)
. You may also choose to pay the full tuition amount. If you choose to pay the minimum deposit, then the remaining tuition amount will be due by May 1.
Cancellations and Refund Policy: Cancellations received on or prior to May 15 will be eligible for a full refund less a $250 program planning fee. Cancellations after May 15 are not eligible for a return of funds. Cancellation requests should be emailed to
COVID-19: Hendrix College monitors public health guidance from local, state, and federal agencies regarding COVID-19. The College's COVID-19 Response Team provides guidance to all campus offices and HDX Life Launch will adhere to all
campus guidelines and protocols
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