Amanda Higginbotham

Building 'community, character, courage, and compassion'

I am grateful to take advantage of most opportunities offered to me, as it builds community, character, courage, and compassion

Amanda Higginbotham


Southlake, Texas 

Areas of study

Honors, Aeronautical Science (Commercial Aviation) and International Studies (emphasis in International Politics). Language certificates in French and Chinese. 

Why UND?

It was one of only two universities to offer my unique degree combination. When I toured campus, I noticed the stateΒ­-of-the-art aircraft, in-tune practice pianos, charming architecture, relationship with professional companies, amount of opportunities, and feel of being "home." UNO offered an outlet for me to continue my passions, including dance, which was invaluable. 

Favorite spots in Grand Forks

I love studying in Robin Hall, but the Memorial Union has Panda Express! Also, the Alerus Center on game day. The smiles from fans, the smells from tailgate, the emotions from winning ... nothing quite like it!

Her dream for the future 

One day, I would like to wake up, put on a uniform with four stripes on the shoulder, and head to the airport ... or to the office. My goal is to be a commercial pilot before transitioning into a management position (ideally VP of Flight Operations). I'm already blessed to be a pilot in Delta Propel, a selective aviation pathway program leading to Delta Airlines. 

Amanda's activities

Outside of being a captain of the UND Dance Team, you can catch her leading as president of the Honors Program Student Organization, competing as VP of the Chess Club, performing as a pianist in Musical Melodies, serving as an officer on the Student Aerospace Advisory Council, and working as a STEM Ambassador for NASA through the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium.


Amanda leads the Pride of the North Band as part of the cheer team in the 2022 UND Homecoming Parade.