The Reason I chose UD: My dad attended UD, back in the day, so it was always at the back of my mind when it came time to apply for colleges. When I came to visit, it was love at first sight. The campus is, indeed, a classic. What really struck me was everyone's enthusiasm for UD... It seemed like every student truly had a passion for Delaware. Now that I'm here, I can definitely say that I have the UD fever as well. I feel lucky to say that I couldn't be happier at school. The Honors Program was definitely another added bonus. Being Valedictorian of my high school, I wanted that challenge and prestigious academic focus. The Honors Program, without a doubt, provides me with that experience and more. From the people I've met through Honors housing, to the professors I've made connections with in my courses. My Honors experience at UD, has been my best experience yet; all because I Dared To Be First.
Most influential UD professor: Dr. Dina Tews, MATH251/MATH252. Dr. Tews has, without a doubt, been one of the best professors I've had so far at UD. As a prospective teacher, I admire the fantastic work she does. She cares for each and every one of her students individually; knows all of their strengths and weaknesses and isn't afraid to challenge you. She definitely challenged in both Math courses I had with her. At times it was a struggle, but in the end she only better prepared me for my future endeavors as a Math teacher. After seeing her passion for teaching, both at the University level as well as the Elementary, it has made me even more excited to enter my profession. AND, surprisingly enough, it was only her first year here when I had Dr. Tews! With only one year under her belt, she is already an asset to the UD education faculty.
Favorite Honors experience: Serving as a Russell Fellow has been my favorite (non-classroom) Honors experience. Watching my floor's community grow over the past semester from a hallway full of strangers to a close-knit family has been almost eye opening. Serving as one of the driving forces of building that community has been a privilege. I've always loved helping others, so becoming an RF this year just made sense to me. I've already gotten so much more out of the position that I ever could have imagined.
I couldn't imagine the UD Honors Program without . . . the friends that I have made. They're the ones who have added so much to my college experience and really made it what it is. As a combination, the Honors Program and my friends have really been what has made UD what it is to me: home away from home where I'm not afraid to be myself.
At UD, I am most involved in . . . A.P.P.L.E. (Association of Pre-Professional Leaders in Education), Best Buddies, Interning at Exceptional Care for Children
What does the UDHP mean to me? A small college academically, fit into a large University atmosphere. It means having a focused academic community living together, learning together, and growing together. All of us in the Honors Program have the same academic focus and goals for ourselves. But, really, I feel like we are all here for each other at the same time. So many times I've found myself going to others and asking them for help in their area of expertise and vice versa. The Honors Program to me is really about my school family.
When I'm up late studying . . . I crave Margherita's Pizza!
My favorite Honors Program and UD traditions are . . . the Gingerbread House Making at the end of each semester, right before the holidays. It's a great time for all of the Russells, and the entire ThoLaRu complex actually, to get together and celebrate the holiday spirit before break (and finals take over). Another favorite tradition of mine is definitely the Fall and Spring Coffee Houses. Showcasing all the, sometimes hidden, talents of the Honors residents is always exciting!