#Humans of Honors

"I chose my field of study because, although my majors are totally different from each other, both are helping along my pre-law track in different ways. Political Science provides a very solid foundation of law, criminal justice, and human rights that I am incredibly interested in, and music allows for a creative outlet that still promotes discipline and (incredibly) hard work. I've always been interested in politics, beginning in my freshman year of high school. I continued volunteering and working on different campaigns through high school and actually ended up interning in Congress this past summer. My coursework, even the classes that are not explicitly about politics, has taught me how to work through different issues and deeper understand how my each of my majors apply in the real-world. Growing up in such a politically divisive climate definitely encouraged me to get more into politics, and eventually choose to attend law school. " - Alex Wynne, Political Science & Music, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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"A piece of advice that I would give someone who wants to get involved in the Honors Program is that even though it may seem like a lot sometimes, there are so many resources to help students get what they want out of the program. The effort you put into being successful in Honors is what you get out of it, so check those emails and take advantage of the variety of super interesting events that are happening on campus!" - Bryanna D'Souza, Psychological Sciences & Political Science, 2024 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“During my freshman year at UConn, I was fascinated by all the research that my professors were doing. We would be learning something and they would stop and say, “actually, this can be applied in my lab…” I was inspired by how passionate they were. Performing research at university gives scientists the autonomy to study what they want to study, and I finally got to experience that during my fourth semester here. Doing research with like-minded folks outside of class, using state-of-the-art equipment is extremely rewarding.” - Samiha Haque, Chemical Engineering, 2023 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“I'm really passionate about everything related to education and personal development. During my time here at UConn, I have naturally found myself being drawn to roles in which I play a role in others' personal development, whether it be in career and leadership development or in mentoring roles. To be honest, I can somewhat attribute my chosen path to my own experiences in which I wished that someone was there, telling me this information, when I was younger. Now, I want to be that person advocating for students like me. Currently, I assist with the development of career-related programs and initiatives as an intern at the Center for Career Development. I am also on the executive board of Residence Hall Association in which I oversee 18 sub-organizations called Hall Councils and their leadership development, in addition to being the Vice President of Marketing for Ascend UConn, a chapter of North America's largest Pan-Asian professional organization, and a mentor for The Major Experience.” - Lauren Deleon, Marketing, 2022 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“A piece of advice I would give to someone interested in enriching their college experience is to get out of their comfort zone and challenge yourself to do something that you are passionate about. The Honors Program is one of those communities in which you have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the subject of your interest. Students are also provided with support and mentorship throughout the whole experience. In my experience with Honors, I had the opportunity to conduct research and learn about the whole process of completing a study from administration, to methodology, and data analyses. The whole experience has allowed me to grow as an individual and has deepened my understanding of the world around me. The Honors Program also sets students up to be prepared for graduate school or leading other projects in the future. I would recommend that other students try to get involved in their passion projects and see where it may lead in the future.” - Sabrina Uva, Human Development and Family Sciences, 2022 @uconnstamfordenrichment @uconnour #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“I started at UConn as a Statistics major. During my sophomore year, I discovered an interest in nursing when I responded to an emergency as a lifeguard, and decided to apply to the nursing program. I am now pursuing a dual degree in Statistics and Nursing and am excited to see how I can combine these areas of study in my career! I am also President of the Club Water Polo team here at UConn. I joined the team freshman year with no water polo experience. It has been fun to watch myself improve over the years. The team has also allowed me to take on a leadership role. I started as Community Service Chair sophomore year and progressed through Secretary, Vice President, and now President. The team is co-ed and we travel to Boston for tournaments in the fall. It has been a great way to make friends get some much needed physical activity throughout the week!” - Megan Russell, Nursing and Statistics, 2023 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“My favorite part about being in the Honors Program is the community and numerous opportunities for engagement that it provides. If I was not part of the Honors Program and the mentorship it provides, I would not have been involved in research which allows me to develop and enhance critical thinking, communication, and research skills. As a research assistant I am able to connect with students and faculties across campuses. My favorite part of being involved with the Office of Undergraduate Research is that it allows me to learn more about various topics I am interested in, and provides me with an opportunity to positively contribute to my campus environment.” - Abigail Ricketts, Psychological Sciences, 2024 @uconnstamfordenrichment @uconnour #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“One of the reasons that I chose to come to UConn was the feeling that I got when I stepped onto campus for my first visit. I loved the feeling of being surrounded by so many other people and the sense of community. There was also a great sense of pride for UConn which I hadn't felt at other schools. I also felt that the academic programs were of a high caliber, especially in the Honors Program, and the price was reasonable. Overall it was the best of both worlds with being able to get the academics that I wanted, saving money compared to other similar universities, and being able to be somewhat close to home.” - Carolyn Cumello, Finance, 2024 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“Living in New York City for the past 18 years of my life made me want to move out of the city and experience the suburban life UConn had to offer. From the day that I visited UConn, I felt a sense of community and engagement among peers. Just seeing everyone walking around in UConn apparel, enjoying basketball games, enjoying the nice weather by Mirror Lake made me want to be a Husky. Getting an acceptance from the Honors Program was another big reason I came here because I wanted to be surrounded by a community of students who were just as academically motivated as me. Outside of going to classes or the gym, I am usually at UConn Hillel where I serve as the Vice President of Marketing. UConn Hillel is the center of Jewish culture on campus and coming from a very Jewish neighborhood back at home, Hillel has become my home away from home. A lot of my friends from high school are Jewish and one of the things I was looking forward to in coming to UConn was to make Jewish friends who shared similar interests and cultural experiences as me. I also aspire to be a lawyer one day, and being a woman has pushed me to connect with other women aspiring to take on a male-dominated field by joining Empowering Women In Law. I also attend weekly Law Society and Healthcare Management meetings.” - Yana Tartakovskiy, Healthcare Management, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“Being a member of the Honors community has given me much happiness during my time at UConn. Living at Buckley with other Honors students has created a little community among us where we can rely on each other academically and socially. Being with peers with a similar drive has motivated me to become a better student and try harder. Everyday I am constantly inspired by all my Honors peers with all the things that they do. More specifically, being a STEM Scholar has given me so many opportunities that I didn't think was possible before I came to UConn, such as research, seminars, and networking opportunities.” - Fariha Fardin, Molecular & Cell Biology, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“One extracurricular which I have found to be particularly fun is the Little I Show, which I have participated in for the last three years. My freshman year, all Animal Science students were assigned a farm animal to visit weekly in order to socialize and familiarize the animal with human contact, as well as learn how to interact with animals one usually does not encounter. I was assigned to a male pig, which I named Hamlet, and I had so much fun playing with him each week during the first half of the fall semester. I learned so much about him and myself, and felt it was a great way for first semester freshmen to really dive head-first into the program. Sending photos and videos of my pig back to my family and friends in New Jersey was so much fun and helped make my transition from home to college much less daunting, as it gave me a fun way to reach out to them and connect each day even though we were far apart. This fall, I was a herdsman for the pigs, so for a couple hours each week I went to the Swine Barn and helped the new freshmen acclimate to the program and answered any and all questions they had about not only Little I, but different classes and aspects of the Animal Science program that I have had experience with already. I think the Little I program is a great way to build bonds across grade levels and shows each student very early on in their time at UConn just how great the Animal Science program is.” - Lindsay Sickinger, Animal Science, 2023 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“I chose to come to UConn after I visited the school for the first time as a junior in high school, and something about the sense of community here just stood out to me. I also have always been a huge basketball fan, so the history of great basketball teams was a plus. It felt like home to me. I chose my career path as my grandfather was an engineer in the army— when I was younger I would always spend time with him building things. Those experiences with him made me want to be creative and use these skills in the real world.” - Zach Marshall, Civil Engineering, 2024 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“Being a part of the Honors community has given me so many opportunities to meet amazing people. I made really close friends living in Shippee and have also met people in my major through Honors classes. I love being able to work with other students who are really driven and focused on their studies. All of the opportunities the Honors Program provides have made my time at UConn even better than I expected!” - Emily Hutchinson, Physiology and Neurobiology, 2023 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“In my Honors courses here at UConn, the class sizes are much smaller and more intimate, allowing me to make connections with people who are in the same program as me, while the Honors program itself has presented me with a range of opportunities to get involved, meet new people, and develop myself as an individual. For my Introduction to Animal Science class, all students are paired up with a farm animal, and are then tasked to train their animal for the Little International Livestock Show, or Little I. The program is intended to socialize young animals with humans, while also giving students the opportunity to work with animals they have never been exposed to before. Personally, I got to train a sheep. I named her "Dumpling," but through the two months of getting to know her and her feisty personality, she was better referred to as, "Spicy Dumpling.” The process was truly like no other, and I am so thankful that I was able to have this experience during my undergraduate career.” - Melissa Tian, Animal Science, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“As a member of the Honors community, I appreciate the friends I have made, especially at my building (Buckley!). I am so happy to work with them and our professors that go above and beyond to make sure we are on the right track, and also even help with the little things we may not know such as how to find the Honors courses, requirements etc. I am also happy to have amazing Honors facilitators because as a first generation student here, I have lots of questions and they are always there to help.” - Cindy Calle, Real Estate & Management Engineering, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“There were plenty of reasons as to why I chose to come to UConn. First, UConn’s academics and research opportunities are unparalleled. Additionally, I play volleyball and UConn’s Club Men’s Volleyball team is an extremely well-run program (shoutout to my team). I can talk for hours about the many research opportunities and extracurriculars that I can get involved in, but ultimately, it was the smallest thing that made UConn feel like home. When I visited campus in late March of my senior year, there were golden retrievers running around on campus. Growing up, my dog (who is also a golden) was a big part of my life, and at that second UConn truly felt like home.” - Justin Guinta, Psychological Sciences, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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Follow along as Buckley resident and Hall Director-in-Training @gus.the.boston.terrier takes over our story today, sharing some tips to stay well and #staywhelmed this week during finals! #dogsofhonors #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“Becoming a music teacher has always been a career that excited me. Many of my role models have been my music teachers, and I aspire to embody their kindness, work ethic, and empathy in my future as a choir director. Singing in choir helped me form bonds with my closest friends, and I never tire of hearing the beautiful energy and sounds that are created when students work hard toward a common goal. This goal can be purely musical, related to the text of the piece, social justice, or anything else; music is a universal language that can take students places they never dreamed of going. I hope to make a meaningful impact on my future students in whatever way they need most, and show them that the music community is a place where they belong.” - Delaney Schiefen, Pre-Teaching Music Education, 2024 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“UConn is an amazing public school where I knew I would get a quality education. Being accepted into the Honors Program made me more comfortable with the idea of going here because I knew that I would be surrounded by ambitious and determined people, like me. I went to a tiny high school, so I was intimidated at first to come here. But, the Honors community provides a smaller community within the larger one. I am appreciative of that since the transition of coming to college has been going smoothly. Also, as a nursing student, I wanted to do things surrounding my major, and UConn allowed me to do that starting this year. So far, the nursing students I have met are amazing and I am glad to be in classes with them starting now.” - Karyme Baranda, Nursing, 2025 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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“The Honors program offers an opportunity for enrichment in many different ways, including academically, professionally, and socially. The program is intended to support students while also challenging them to do their best work. The community is held to this higher standard that can appear daunting as a freshman or sophomore, but once you start to get involved, you realize that you have all the tools you need to succeed. It is simply a matter of taking initiative and using those tools to create the most enriching experience you possibly can, an experience that ultimately allows you to stand out among your peers and exceed even your own expectations. The Honors community is made up of motivated and multi-talented students, each with their own history, goals, and unique perspective. Being a part of that community serves as inspiration and eventually aspiration to accomplish all that we can, all that we choose, and all that we chase. As a senior, I am most looking forward to ending my undergraduate career on a good note. I have invested much time and effort into creating a college experience that is well-rounded professionally and academically, full of happy memories, and ultimately feels like an experience that will never be replicated. College is a unique space: a space where students are meant to explore their own identities and ambitions, a space where students are challenged in ways they didn't anticipate, a space where students grapple with the realities of adulthood while still thriving in their youthful bliss. Essentially, I am looking forward to seeing this chapter of my life through so that I can move on with a sense of belonging, accomplishment, gratitude, and pride. I have had the fortune of contributing in various capacities to many wonderful communities here, including the Honors community, the Learning Communities Program, Greek life, cultural organizations, and the School of Nursing. As I look forward to where life will take me next, I am reminded to appreciate all that has already come my way, all that I have already earned, and all that I am able to walk away with in my heart.” - Aria Ahmed, Nursing, 2022 #humansofhonors #uconnhonors ...

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