As a freshman I believed that getting by with just about a B average was great. I did not work to my fullest potential because I felt it was not necessary to get all A’s. I was devastated when I received my grades after the spring semester of my freshman year due to the fact that my grade point average was not high enough to apply for the Commonwealth Honors College. I now realize that in order for me to actually do well, I must put forth more effort than I had been previously. I should not try to settle for an average grade, but I should go above and beyond what is expected. As a member of the Honors College, I will get that extra push to do well in the honors courses I enroll in.
The Emerging Scholars Residential Academic Program was one thing that really kept me motivated to do well and one day apply to the Honors College. Through this program I learned a lot of what there was to know about Honors College. I took interesting honors courses that had me thinking in ways that I never imagined. The topics discussed were real issues that drew me to do more research. In one of the seminars we discussed the poor health of low income families and how they are not recieving the adequate resources to live healthy life styles. Being someone that wants to one day work in the medical field, I found this very interesting and knew immediately that I want to help resolve this issue. In Kinesiology we discuss a lot about exercise and various ways of maintaining good health. With my knowledge from kinesiology courses and the research I have done in the honors seminar I would like to use this as my topic for my Independent Capstone Experience. The Capstone Experience is one thing that really attracted me to the Honors College. It seems like an interesting yet challenging way to get students to do research and work directly with professionals in their chosen field of study.
Some people are skeptic on this decision and believe that it is unfair for a teenage to maintain a “C” average to receive a driver’s license. I personally disagree with this statement and think it would improve the well-being of most teenagers. There are several reasons why having the incentive of being allowed to legally drive is a good thing. Students will become more responsible, they will get ...
Though I did not do as well as I hoped in my freshman year, I will say that my best grades came from the honors courses because they provoked an interest that lead me to pay close attention to what is going on in the world. Being a part of the Departmental Honors will give me that personal learning experience that will help me excel within my major. These next two years I will be focusing a lot more on my major and what I plan to do with it. The Honors College offers smaller classrooms which will allow me be a lot more comfortable to be open to discussion and ask questions. (state what your major is)
Along with these thought provoking classes, this RAP program allowed me to meet advisors, profesors, and students that I could turn to for any issue that I have on campus. Being on such a large campus, building relationships like these are important. I know that if I am a part of the Honors College, I will always have that support of faculty that I could trust and look to for help.
After my undergraduate career at Umass Amherst I plan to continue my studies in medical school, preferably at New York University. There I will learn the profession of pediatrics and eventually focus on the early development of cancer in children. Upon completing medical school I plan to take my knowledge abroad providing healthcare to children in low-income communities.
Overall I intend to hopefully become be a part of the Departmental Honors program provided by Commonwealth Honors College. If I am accepted into the College, I would be given the opportunity only a select group of students have the delight of experiencing.
I am a Kinesiology major on the Pre-med Track. I chose Kinesiology because I find the fundamentals of exercise science to be very interesting. I also found it to be convenient because most the courses required fulfill the Pre-med requirements.