CLASS OF 2014
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.
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. Interview with Rachel
CLASS OF 2017
From Pawcatuck Connecticut
Lucy is an avid volunteer, tennis enthusiast, and co-founder of the Jupiter Campus Tennis Club. She plans to pursue a career in Neonatal medicine.
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."
Interview with Lucy