Toward Bright Horizons: FAU's Honors College
Graduates Set Out for Exciting Destinations
April 9th, 2013 (Jupiter, FL) –The
end of the spring semester at Florida Atlantic University's
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is always a time of
excitement and reflection. The graduation of the senior
class is bittersweet. Each graduate looks forward to the
beginning of bright new careers and educational
opportunities beyond their undergraduate experiences. Since
the Honors College opened, 2/3 of its graduates have gone
on to graduate or professional schools. This year, the
members of the Wilkes Honors College senior class are
headed to a number of exciting new places after graduation,
determined to put the valuable lessons they learned during
their time at the Honors College to good use.
For many of this year's graduates, the future is
centered on graduate school and the world of academia. Many
Honors College seniors will be taking the research they
completed as undergraduates to the most respected graduate
programs in the country.
Christopher Holmquist, who is completing a
concentration in biochemistry at the Honors College, will
be headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill in the fall to continue his research in the fields of
biochemistry and biophysics.
Kristi Beroldi, whose undergraduate
research focuses on the ways in which Hospice employees
experience death-related anxiety, will be taking her
research skills to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Program at George Washington University. Like Beroldi and
Holmquist, Rachel Pilaski hopes to continue her academic
pursuits by conducting anthropological research relating to
Islam and identity, specifically in the nation of
Indonesia. Pilaski is excited to be travelling to Boston
University in the fall to begin her journey toward a
doctorate in sociocultural anthropology.
As graduation draws steadily closer, many Honors
College students are envisioning the next step toward the
careers they have long dreamed of.
, who is completing a biochemistry concentration at the
Honors College, will be headed to the University of
Florida's College of Medicine in the fall, where she looks
forward to a bright future in the medical field. Turn's
is also looking forward to medical school; however,
she is still in the process of choosing between Harvard
Medical School, the Northwestern University School of
Medicine, and the University of Florida School of Medicine,
all of which accepted Enogieru for admission in the fall.
Kaitlyn Blum, whose studies have been
focused on English Literature, will be attending Florida
State University's School of Communication, where she will
prepare for a career in speech therapy. Dawn Adolfson has
worked as both an instructor and as the coordinator for the
English for Speakers of Other Languages program at El Sol,
Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center throughout all four
years of her Honors College experience. She looks forward
to joining Blum at Florida State University to pursue a
Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a
special focus on foreign and second language teaching.
Sydney Tornopski will also be working with
language and communication as she pursues a graduate degree
at Florida Atlantic University's Master of Communications
Disorders Program. For these students, graduate school is
the natural pathway to an inspiring career.
However, some Honors College seniors are
reaching for educational opportunities that lie beyond the
walls of any college or university.
, who worked as the chair for the Students
Advocating Volunteer Involvement division on the Jupiter
campus, will be taking her passion for service to Rwanda in
June of this year where she will serve as a Community
Health Agent for the Peace Corps.
Emily Smith will also be embarking on a
service-based mission with the Teach for America program.
After graduation, Smith will travel to San Antonio, Texas
to work to close the achievement gap for middle school
students in the San Antonio area. These students are
confident that their experiences at the Honors College will
serve them well in these challenging programs.
While all of these students will be missed,
the Honors College community is proud of the great
accomplishments of its senior class, and confident that
this year's graduates will be successful in whatever
occupation they choose.
Dr. Jeffrey Buller
, Dean of the Honors College, is excited about the
future of this year's graduating class. "I remember all
these students from when they first started our program.
They were amazing then, and they're even more amazing now.
These are all names that we'll be hearing about in the
years to come. Our students consistently fill me with pride
and even a bit of awe. Nothing can hold them back now."
Byline: Megan Geiger (HC