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Kadeem Ricketts Kadeem Ricketts
From Davie, Florida

Kadeem came to the Honors College in 2010 from Nova High School (Davie, Florida).  He is involved in many activities and organizations on and off campus including the Honors College Ambassadors, Special Olympics, Intramural Basketball and Volleyball and the Film Club. He also serves as the Treasurer of Student Government and the Treasurer of the student spirit organization “prOWLers.”
Kadeem, concentrating in economics and minoring in mathematics, decided to come to the Honors College because “The faculty and staff are all approachable and are deeply invested in the success of all of the students.  The small class sizes also create an environment where everyone is encouraged to and, in some cases, required, to participate.  The learning experience is unlike any other.” Kadeem plans to attend law school after the Honors College.

Alexa Robinson Alexa Robinson
Winter Park, Florida

Alexa came to the Honors College in the Fall of 2010 from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, FL. She is interested in music and fencing, and created the Fencing team Dumbledore’s Army on the Jupiter Campus. She is also involved with the Debate Team. Alexa likes the Honors College because “I can get to know my peers and professors better than I would at any other college. That really means a lot to me.”


Rachel Rohan Rachel Rohan
Stuart, Florida

Rachel came to the Honors College in 2012 from Martin County High School in Stuart, Florida. She was named Rising Star at NCAA, 2013 Best MacArthur Campus House Member, and 2013 Best Floor Representative of MacRSA. She is majoring in Mathematics with a minor in psychology.  Interview with Rachel

Janeen Smith


Janeen Smith
English & Political Science
From Fort Pierce, Florida

Janeen will be attending Emory Law in the Fall of 2014.  Upon earning her J.D., she plans to seek a legal clerkship and eventually practice appellate law.

"The best part of being an HC student is that my professors know me well and are able to guide me toward activities and academic pursuits that interest me.  I also like the sense of camaraderie that I share with my fellow students.

My favorite experience at the HC was participating in Moot Court.  I had the pleasure of working with real lawyers and competing in a regional competition.  It affirmed my decision to pursue a legal career.

I would advise prospective students to visit and sit in on a class that interests them.  It is really exciting to see how engaging our classes are."



Jessica Ungerer Jessica Ungerer
From Juno Beach, Florida

Jessica came to the Honors College in the Fall of 2013 from Juno Beach Preparatory School. She is a business major and avid horseback rider, riding six days a week, and currently training for the Winter Equestrian Festival held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
"While looking at colleges, I had many things that I needed to look at," Jessica explains. "I am a very competitive horseback rider, and my goal is to become a professional. This means that I want to own and operate my own horse farm- I want to train young horses to be top show horses, and I want to teach people how to ride. With that being said, a very important step is to get exposure in the equestrian community. One of the best ways to do that is compete at big horse shows and do well. The HC is extremely close to Wellington, which would hopefully put a jump start on my career."
Jessica goes on to describe why she chose the HC over other schools in the area. "Other than the location, I truly adored everything about the HC, from the small class size to how friendly all the students and faculty I met were. ...[The Honors College is allowing] me to pursue my goal of becoming a professional horseback rider, while gaining an education at one of the best colleges in South Florida with extremely friendly and helpful peers and professors."


Alejandra Uribe Alejandra Uribe
Spanish & Law and Society
From Boca Raton, Florida

Alejandra came to the HC in the fall of 2011 from West Boca Raton Community High School. She is a sophomore with a double concentration in Spanish and Law and Society. This past year, she participated in a Moot Court tournament in Orlando. Outside of academics, Alejandra is captain of the Owlettes Dance Team and Marketing Director of the Spanish Club on the MacArthur Campus. She also volunteers as an ESL teacher at El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center. Alejandra loves studying at the Honors College because "[you] get to know peers and professors on truly personal levels- it is such a tight-knit community." After completing her undergraduate studies, Alejandra plans to attend law school.


Fernando Varela Fernando Varela

FAU Honors College student Fernando Varela transferred to the Honors College from Palm Beach State College in the Fall of 2013. Varela attends the Honors College as one of the Wilkes Humanities Scholars. The small campus and research opportunities were the major reasons he choose the college. He regularly volunteers his time at El Sol resource center in Jupiter, Florida teaching English to Spanish speakers. He says he knows how it feels to be in their shoes, because he learned to speak English just five years ago. After he learned to speak English many more opportunities opened up for him and he wants to provide that ability to others.  After Varela completes his Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Literature and Latin American Studies, he plans to attend Graduate School and pursue a PhD in Hispanic Literature.

Interview with Fernando


Taylor Welling Taylor Welling
From Cape Coral, Florida

Taylor is the 2012-2013 Shoaf Memorial Scholar and Director of Jupiter Campus Recreation.

"I chose the HC because I greatly value the rigorous academics and the environment of high intellectual standards and pursuits," she explains. "Aside from the amazing academics, the thing I like best about being a student in the Honors College is that I am not only in complete control of my own academic success, but my peers and I have the great privilege of having a huge voice in the direction our campus takes in certain issues. After spending just one week in Student Involvement and Leadership, it is clear to me that this is a student-run campus (with the support of our amazing advisors, of course)."

Taylor tells new HC students to "[get] involved in something you like as soon as you can. You'll find people with similar interests, forge amazing relationships, grow as an individual, and make an impact on the community of the Honors College."

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