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Why Honors? I want to form a part of something bigger than myself. I want to seek new heights. I want to discover my purpose in life. I want to always continue to learn. I want my future dream job to see that I graduated with honors. I want to make myself and the people that believe in me proud. Whatever your reason may be forming part of the Honors College, it is ultimately the best decision anyone could make. FIU’s Honors College is the definition of students who have the desire to continue to ignite their learning light. Involving themselves in a rigorous diversified program that offers an endless list of unique courses, study abroad, research opportunities, and more, honors college students are making use of what the university has to offer. 

Ultimately, there is a stigma behind the word “Honors” and who would be considered an Honors student or not. Do not let this stigma stop you from applying to an amazing program that offers unique opportunities such as: 

–   Priority Registration 

–   On-Campus Honors Housing

–   Unique Internships

–   Early admission track in Pre-med and Pre-Law 

–   Honors-only Scholarships 

–   Advanced Undergraduate Research Program

–  Small classes and close relationships with professors 

–  Honors Edge Lab 

–  Community Service 

–  Student Organizations  

A year ago, I had the opportunity to become a part of FIU’s Honors College. To this day, the Honors College has given me an endless amount of opportunities that have helped me get closer to my ultimate dream of becoming a doctor. Forming part of the Honors College does not mean that the major that you are pursuing will be more complicated or that the Honor classes you will have to take are harder. On the contrary, you are given the opportunity to choose from a wide range of classes that go with your major or that you simply are very interested in taking to enhance your world-class knowledge and help you become a global citizen. I must say Honor classes are so much fun. Smaller class sizes allow you to have closer interaction with your classmates and professors, which leads to better networking. Above many things, the Honors College is a potluck of networking opportunities. 

Today, I can proudly say that I have found my purpose in life and have never been so motivated to continue with my premedical studies thanks to the expertise of the Honors faculty, courses, and networking opportunities. Above all, it has allowed me to meet some of the most intellectual, humble, and motivated students from all over the world who are just as passionate as I am. 

Whatever major or track you may be pursuing, never let your curiosity for education dull. Challenge yourself to be the best version possible. Do not be afraid to fail. Success comes from failure and endless amounts of sacrifices. I challenge you to give yourself the opportunity to go beyond what your goals and aspirations are. Believe in yourself because at the end of the day you are your biggest motivator. FIU’s Honors College and I believe in you too!

If you like a challenge and are passionate about having the opportunity to pair your major with a unique (and at no extra cost) Honors education, visit FIU’s Honors College website for further information on how to apply. 

Link: http://honors.fiu.edu/about-honors/

Love and Inspiration, 

For you, 

Always, 

Vero 

Veronica Aguilera is a Junior at Florida International University double majoring in Biological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in psychology. Ms. Aguilera is on the pre-med track and aspires to attend medical school after graduating from FIU. Although, Aguilera's passion has always been medicine and the healthcare field she has always had a unique interest in writing. She states that "words hold so much power enough power to even help change our world." Through Aguilera's articles, she hopes to bring positivity and love to collegiate students all around. Aguilera's various executive board positions and extracurricular activities have motivated her to share with others her life experiences. Aguilera hopes to cover a variety of article topics that pertain to the pre-medical life as a student and other devotions she has found along her journey. A message from the author: My collegiate readers, these articles are for you and only you. Filled with inspiring words and personal life experiences I hope to bring a new perspective on how you may view life. A perspective full of self-love, success, and positivity.
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