Hayden Coussens

Hayden Coussens (Arkansas, Alpha Zeta ’13)

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Hayden Coussens (Arkansas, Alpha Zeta ’13) was selected as member of the Class of 2017 Seniors of Significance. This award recognizes seniors for their achievement in academic excellence, leadership, and significant campus and/or community involvement. Over 400 nominations were received and a selection committee of over 100 alumni and staff selected the top 71 in honor of the university’s founding year of 1871. This program is building on over 50 years of the Arkansas Alumni Association’s recognition of outstanding seniors.

"I wanted to give back by becoming a leader and encouraging my peers, and I firmly believe that I have done this. In the classroom, I have lead through academics, and have been named to multiple lists, societies, and received a few scholarships. I have been able to achieve all of this through the positive academic atmosphere that the university fosters.

However, I am most proud of the academic impact that I have been able to have on others. As a tutor through the University of Arkansas Class+ program, I get to work with students each week, helping them achieve their academic goals by creating a comfortable environment, catering to their learning style, and teaching them positive techniques that will help them beyond just the tutoring sessions.

The University of Arkansas also taught me to share it with people who live a world away. I never would have dreamed that I would go to somewhere like India, but through the confidence instilled by my professors, I took a chance and made the most of the opportunity. The experience was eye-opening and my life will be forever changed from my involvement with the Indian people.

I like to think that I have not only taught and led others, but they have done the same for me. They have taught me many things - how to work with different kinds of people, how to buckle down, how to cut loose, and how to become your own person in a sea of 27,000. Whether it’s through Greek life, service clubs, athletic events, or study groups, I have come to call a great number of people my friend.

I am so humbled to have been nominated for Seniors of Significance, especially among the caliber of my peers at the university."

Coussens has maintained a 3.91 GPA while pursuing a bachelor’s of science in business administration. Recognizing his achievement as one of the University of Arkansas’s top performing students, the university awarded Coussens with the Mary Ann Greenwood Economics Department Scholarship and the University Academics Scholarship. In addition to Seniors of Significance, is a member of the dean’s list, chancellor’s list, Walton Honors Program and the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society.

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