The Reason I chose UD: I was offered a very substantial scholarship. I knew that being able to attend a school where I didn't have to worry about financial issues would free up many more opportunities for me such as studying abroad, doing research, and pursuing the things I really enjoyed instead of worrying about money and jobs. I also attended Summer College and met a lot of great people there. Seeing the caliber of students that could potentially be my classmates reassured me that I would be surrounded by intelligent and motivated peers that would challenge me outside the classroom.
Favorite Honors experience: Freshman housing is my favorite Honors experience. Living in Freshman Honors housing for the past three years (two as a Russell Fellow), I have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with bright and talented young minds and building connections that I know will last a lifetime.
I couldn't imagine the UD Honors Program without . . . the staff. All of the professional and support staff are so friendly and supportive that I couldn't imagine being as passionate about the Honors Program without them. They have made the school feel smaller and have listened to my ideas and problems. I feel very lucky to have gotten to know the staff and be able to drop by at any time and greet them as my friends, not just administrators. The fact that the staff makes the effort to learn your name, your interests, and your passions, you know that they are watching out for you and the ways that you can succeed and excel.
What does the UDHP mean to me? The Honors Program is a family. I have found that those that work for the Honors Program, whether they are the professional staff, supporting staff, or students hired by the Honors Program, all have similar passions in helping students achieve their potential. Students are able to find the support they need to achieve great things, whether it is doing groundbreaking research, applying for prestigious scholarships, or getting into professional schools. The support and opportunities that are opened to Honors students allow them to get the most out of their experience here at UD. Being in the Honors Program has made a difference in my time at UD because I have been surrounded by driven and motivated students that inspire me to achieve more and more every day. I am grateful for the opportunity to challenge myself and grow and rise to expectations since the very beginning.
When I'm up late studying . . . I crave Peace a Pizza
My favorite Honors Program and UD traditions are . . . the Russell Coffeehouse every semester. It is amazing to see the variety of talents that the freshman class brings and allows them to display their skills and the fact that Honors students are more than just bookworms. The Senior Fellow Fall Dance is also one of my favorites. It is a fun opportunity every year to get all the Honors students together in a fun and relaxed environment. In addition, Wednesdays wouldn't be the same without Dr. Munson's study breaks. The fact that a professor as distinguished and established as Dr. Munson would want to spend his Wednesday nights feeding stressed Honors students says a lot about the relationship between students and professors.