Hannah came to the Honors College in the Fall of 2009 from James S. Rickards High School in Tallahassee, FL. She is concentrating in psychology and criminology, fascinated by how psychological theory and concepts can be applied to law and crime. She is involved in many campus organizations including the MacArthur Resident Student Association, Student Government Association and the Honors College Ambassadors, and is the S.A.V.I. (Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement) Director for the 2011-2012 academic year. Hannah likes the Honors College because “it allows me to grow intellectually, as well as form intimate bonds with both fellow students and professors.”
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.
Oscar Rivera came to the Honors College in the Fall of 2013 after earning his Associate of Arts degree with Honors distinction from Palm Beach State College. Oscar is a Marine Corps Veteran, Florida State Licensed Investigator, board member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, husband to Maria and father to Andrea and Sarah. As a member of the Marine Corps, he served as a SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) gunner, trained in jungle warfare, desert warfare, cold weather warfare and urban warfare. Rivera was also a camp police sergeant at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, working closely with the community relationship officer and the surrounding community. Upon being honorably discharged, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (twice). After exiting the Marine Corps, Oscar interned as a private investigator for two years before becoming a Florida State Licensed Investigator, where he investigated workers compensation, general liability, and personal injury protection insurance cases as well as domestic cases; he continues to work as a private investigator part time. In his spare time, Oscar loves to cook, and you can find him and his family outdoors, usually hiking, at the beach, or at parks barbequing. At the Honors College, Oscar is studying Biology and hopes to work as a researcher on Huntington's disease. He says he chose the Honors College because "...I like the distinction and the recognition that it has throughout the educational community, and I wanted to be part of such merit. In addition, I will benefit from the close ties ...that the Honors College has with the SCRIPPS Research Institute and the Max Planck Institute."
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 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.
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Lucy came to the Honors College in 2013 from Stonington High School in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, where she earned a Calculus Academic Excellence Award and was an active member of Student Government throughout her four years. She is majoring in Neuroscience/Pre-med, pursuing a career in Neonatal medicine. Prior to coming to the Honors College, Lucy gave back to the community through volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, was a camp counselor to adults with special needs, and a National Honor Society tutor, to name a few of her endeavors. Additionally, as co-captain of the girl's tennis team in high school, Lucy lead her team to a state championship. During her time at FAU, she hopes to develop a tennis team, join MacRSA, become a Student Ambassador, work or intern at either Max-Planck or Scripps, and study abroad. Lucy chose the Honors College because of its "beautiful" labs, the "friendly and welcoming study body," and student-to-faculty ratio, which "...allows you to build a strong relationship with [your] professor (I'm not just a number here). Here I feel like I am a part of something bigger and that I will learn the skills it takes to make a difference in the community."
Richard came to the Honors College in the fall of 2008 from Port Saint Lucie High School (Port Saint Lucie, FL). He majors in biological chemistry with a minor in history. He enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, and playing ping pong. Richard has also been active in several campus organizations including Student Government, Environmental Club, and Jupiter PrOWLers (campus cheer/spirit club). He also works as an intern at Max Planck Institute in the Department of Digital Neuro-Imaging. Richard chose the Honors College primarily because of its small class sizes and its opportunities for science and medical research. “I didn’t want to get lost in a lecture hall of a large university, or be regarded as just a number or another face in the crowd by a professor. So far, I haven’t regretted my decision of choosing the Honors College, and I have made the most of the available research opportunities by participating in internships at both Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute.”
Christina, a graduate of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, is from Tampa, Florida and enrolled at the Honors College in the Fall of 2009. She is concentrating in Biology on a premedical track and works as a laboratory assistant at the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Outside of class, Christina has spent time completing undergraduate research and is passionate about volunteering, especially at the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa and at El Sol. On campus, she is the president of Corn Maya Club, the co-president of the Catholic Newman Club, and the volunteer coordinator for the Wilkes Honors College Premedical Society. She is also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Yarnatics (a crocheting and knitting service club). Christina loves the Honors College because of its “family atmosphere, its high academic standards, and the many opportunities for academic, social, and leadership growth.”
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 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.
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.
Taylor came to the Honors College in the Fall of 2011 from Cape Coral High School in Cape Coral, Florida. She is the Helen E. Shoaf Memorial Scholar for 2012-2013. Welling majors in Psychology with a minor in English Literature, and plans to attend graduate school for Counseling Psychology with the goal of becoming a counselor within a university setting. Taylor has been highly involved in a number of student organizations on campus, having previously participated in the Invisible Children Club and the Macarthur Campus Christian Club. Additionally, she is the Director of the Jupiter Campus Recreation, Health, and Wellness department after having been a coordinator for the department since her freshman year. "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."