Honors Alumni and Student Voices
The Honors College handshake! A unique greeting created by Honors students Arianna Brooks and Taylor Browning upon seeing the UT rocket handshake. The final move is the opening of a book. Try it and pass it on.
|"Being part of the Honors Program has helped me develop my skills in interacting with other people. Whether it be working on a group presentation, participating in classroom discussions or planning events for the Student Honors Council, I have learned a lot about group dynamics and have been inspired to assume more leadership roles." Shaddy Swade, Biology, Pre-Med major, Toledo Ohio.|
|"The Honors Program offers small class size, which allows for more personal attention
as well as cultivating relationships with professors to whom we will go for recommendations,
class help and general advice."
D'Anna Brown, Biology, Pre-Med major, Bolingbrook, Illinois.
|"My experience within the Honors Program has provided great growth and maturity in
my ability to communicate on a more professional and educated level."
Christine Sailer, Human Resource Management major, New Knoxville, Ohio.
|"The guidance that I was provided by professors and mentors of the Honors Program
has proved invaluable, for it led to opportunities beyond the University through research,
presentations, and internships."
Rebecca Riley, Pharmacy graduate; currently a student at Harvard Law School.
"The Honors Program provides different routes to graduate school as well as selection
guidance and practical, realistic ways to organize my options."
"The Honors Program at UT enabled me to make the most of my undergraduate education.
Honors encouraged me to explore and develop my interests through independent research
and extracurricular activities. More than simply expanding my academic horizons, I
was also able to discover who I am and what I want to do in the world, because Honors
emphasizes a wholistic perspective that involves learning AND ACTING. Some of my most
precious and lasting friendships have come from the Honors Program, both fellow students
and professors that I continue to keep in touch with, even from Pakistan. The Honors
Program made my undergraduate career more than educational; it was challenging, changing,
"By providing leadership, service, cultural and research opportunities, the Honors
Program prepared me to apply for a Fulbright Grant to study in Germany. Participation
in weekly Brown Bags as a presenter and audience member let me see what other students
were doing and broadened my horizons. I took advantage of Honors Program grant money
to support my research and to present it. In addition, the Honors Program gave me
information about scholarships and fellowships, while also providing advice in how
best to apply for them. I truly believe that my active participation in the Honors
Program was key to my successful Fulbright Grant application."
Jason M. Bechtel, 2000 UT Graduate (Computer Science and Engineering).
Jason and Louisa were married in June of 2001. They left Toledo in September of 2001 to travel to Freiburg, Germany where they are both conducting research under the auspices of Fulbright grants.
| "The Honors Program fosters a sense of self-suffiency. It encourages you to think
for yourself, honor and respect your own voice and to speak up, which creates more
honest, open, and interesting dialogue. Having these skills has been very useful in
class, interviews and in work situations."
Cheryl Bell, 1995 UT graduate, MPP - Harvard University, J.D. - Yale Law School.