Christina Saadeh

Class of 2011

Most influential UD professor: Dr. Thomas Kaminski, Director of the Athletic Training Program, has probably been my most influential professor. He taught two of my core athletic training classes sophomore year, and he was so passionate! Every time I'd come to class, he'd have a new way of engaging us and teaching us the material (which there was a lot of!). It was so clear that he loved what he did, and it really rubbed off on me. The classes were difficult, but I looked forward to them because I knew I would be challenged to think. Although I don't know what my future entails, I know that whatever I do, I want to be as passionate about it as he is.

Favorite Honors experience: The Honors housing for freshman year, no doubt. Russell 2E baby! Seriously though, I loved living in a community with such a wide variety of interests and personalities. Some of my other classmates only had 2 or 3 different majors living on their floor, when everyone on my floor was different. My neighbors had majors including anthropology, music education, chemistry, exercise science, East Asian studies, undeclared, sociology, engineering, and lots more. I loved it! We all were learning such a wide variety of topics, and we could come together and share that with each other. There was a that desire for all of us to do well in our classes, as well as just having fun and living life together too. I miss it!

I couldn't imagine the UD Honors Program without . . . the staff and faculty! And no, I'm not just trying to suck up! They are truly a great group of people who want to see you succeed no matter what. I can stop in the office on a moment's notice and be met with a whole room of smiling faces. They have helped me figure out which classes to take and have ensured that I'm on the right track toward graduation. Get to know them!

At UD, I am most involved in . . . my clinical hours that are required as a part of my major. I work with a different sport each semester, and I have over 1500 hours as we speak! But my favorite group I'm a part of is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I have met wonderful people, taken cool trips (including Florida and South Africa!), and grown tremendously in my faith. I wouldn't be where I am right now as a person without IV. I'm also a tour guide, which gives me a good reason to walk around this beautiful campus.

What does the UDHP mean to me? The UD Honors Program has meant a lot to me during my time here at UD. It has been a way to meet other driven students and make meaningful relationships with them. It has allowed me to pursue my degree in an enriched way that has made me a stronger and better student. It has shown me what hard work and dedication can lead to. I can't imagine what college would have looked like without being in the Honors Program (and I'm glad I don't have to)!

When I'm up late studying . . . I crave Coldstone Creamery. Ice cream, yum!

My favorite Honors Program and UD traditions are . . . I really enjoy going to the first football game with all my friends. We dress up in our best blue and gold gear, walk down to the stadium, and cheer on our Fightin' Blue Hens with thousands of other students! It's always a fun night that I look forward to as the school year kicks off. And as a tour guide, I also love the Kissing Arches. What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic!

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