Maria came to the Honors College in 2001 from Palm Beach Gardens High School (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and then returned as a second baccalaureate student in Fall 2010, majoring in
Biological Chemistry in preparation for entry to medical school.
Maria enjoys triathlon and other athletic competitions, traveling, and surfing. She also serves as a Student Body Representative on the FAU House of Representatives, participates in
volunteer activities on- and off-campus, and is a research intern at Scripps Research Institute and the FAU Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in the Neuroscience Department.
Maria chose the Honors College because "it offers opportunities only available in such a close-knit and ambitious environment. While the coursework is demanding, the faculty and your
fellow students support you, inspire you, and help you rise to the challenges you are facing."
Read more in 10 Questions with Maria de Lourdes Aitken.
Megan started at the Honors College in Fall 2008 and originally hails from Stuart, FL, where she attended Martin County High School. She concentrates in history and plans to get a job
working in the non-profit sector.
This year, besides working on her own thesis research, Megan is working with Dr. Strain as a Research Assistant for his latest writing project. As a Flagler scholar, Megan has backpacked
through the Colorado Rockies, interned for Planned Parenthood and a local entrepreneur, as well as studied abroad in Amsterdam - read more about Megan's trip in
Dutch Treat: Wilkes Honors College Student Studies Social Policy in Amsterdam.
Outside of her academic interests, Megan is extremely involved on campus in a number of capacities. The past two years, Megan has worked as the Head Orientation Week Leader (OWL)
and the Director of the Council of Student Organizations (COSO) in Student Government. She is also Tour Chair for the Honors College Ambassadors and has been involved in clubs like
SPECTRUM and Enviro Club. In 2010, Megan represented the MacArthur Campus on Homecoming Court.
Megan considers the Honors College her home because, "Here, you aren't just a face in the crowd. People know you here; you're a part of the community. I've had opportunities here
that I wouldn't have gotten at any other university."
Blake, a graduate of Ely High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, enrolled at the Honors College in the Fall of 2010. He is concentrating in Neuroscience and works as an assistant to the Florida Atlantic University Program Board, as well as interns at the Max Planck Florida Institute. Outside of class, Blake is the founder and Vice President of the FAU Prowlers, a school spirit organization, and founder and president of the Running Club. He is passionate about student involvement, and serves as an ambassador for the Honors College, Wing Representative for MacRSA (a resident student organization), member of the Wilkes Honors College Premedical Society, and has been an orientation week leader for two years. Not only is Blake an active member of the campus community, he also volunteers for the Jupiter Medical Center, and has spoken at numerous conferences and award ceremonies, including LeaderShape South Florida 2012 and the opening of the Max Planck Florida Institute.
Imarhia came to the HC in the fall of 2009 from William T. McFatter Technical High school. She majors in biological chemistry and minors in psychology and will be attending Harvard Medical School in the Fall of 2013.
She fell in love with the HC because of "the close knit community the students and faculty create as well as the interdisciplinary courses that allow students to learn about advances
in other subjects than just their own concentrations." She is the president of the Wilkes Pre-Medical Society, Wing representative for Mac RSA and a member of the Invisible Children club,
which raises money for victims of the civil war in Uganda.
Caitlyn is an active member of the Honors College community with dual concentrations in Biology and Spanish. You can find her around campus working as an Orientation Week Leader (O.W.L.), a Resident Assistant (RA), or participating in various clubs, including the Sailing Club, as Vice President of Citizens of the World, Secretary of Spanish Club, or Vice President of the Running Club.
Caitlyn also enjoys contributing to the community, and has participated in Alternative Spring Break with both Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida, and as the site leader at the Nature Conservancy in Tallahassee. She is currently studying Spanish language and culture in Costa Rica for six months, and is a Medical Scholar.
Evan came to the Honors College in 2011 from Fort Lauderdale High School. He concentrates in Anthropology and minors in French Language, and hopes to one day work in the airline industry or for the National Transportation Safety Board. Evan is currently the Programming Director of the MacArthur Campus Resident Student Association (MacRSA), the Special Events Chair for the Admissions Office, Student Ambassador, English as a Second Language Instructor, and active church member in both Jupiter and Hollywood, FL. In the past, Evan has served on the 2012 Homecoming Committee and has visited Haiti twice on humanitarian missions. He enjoys golfing and would like to learn how to play the organ.
Evan loves the Honors College because “…it is truly unique. The professors, classes, and students are truly extraordinary and matchless. At the HC, you’re part of a family. I came from a small high school where I knew the majority of people, and I wanted to continue to have that same feeling when attending college. I was unsure for a while where I wanted to go, but after I learned about the HC and after visiting, I knew it was the place for me. I love the intimate and academic setting and community the Honors College offers that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s a great feeling when the Dean knows you by name! It truly feels like home.”
Elizabeth Johnson arrived at the Honors College in the Fall of 2010 from Polk State College's Collegiate High School (Lakeland, FL). She majors in Anthropology and minors in Environmental
In her free time she love to read, crochet, and play frisbee. She is also active in campus life and is president of both the Environmental Club and the Anthropology Club.
Elizabeth most loves the community created at the Honors College. "All the students and professors have an appreciation for one another's disciplines and interests, and this creates
a really strong feeling of community that stretches from the classrooms to the professors' offices, from the residence halls to the dining hall, and every place in between."
Read more about Elizabeth in Taking a Risk and Gaining Confidence as a Result: FAU Honors College Student Interns at Polk Museum of Art."
Alex came to the Honors College in the Fall of 2008 from William T. McFatter Technical High School in Davie, FL. Upon his arrival at the HC, Alex was awarded the Leadership Scholarship,
which has allowed him to expand on his studies. Alex completed internships for Compass Inc, in Lake Worth, FL, and for Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Having graduated in 2012, he is now attending graduate school at the University of Georgia in education.
He likes hanging out with his peers, reading, and was involved in many campus organizations from Spectrum to MacRSA to Student Government, where he served as Campus Governor.
Alex loves the Honors College because “not only has it allowed me to have a variety of opportunities academically and socially, but my peers are some of the best people I have ever met.”
Read more about Alex being selected for Homecoming Court in "We Are the One Percent:" Honors College Strongly Represented in FAU Homecoming Court.