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Toward Bright Horizons: FAU's Honors College Graduates Set Out for Exciting Destinations

April 9th, 2013 (Jupiter, FL) –The end of the spring semester at Florida Atlantic University's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is always a time of excitement and reflection. The graduation of the senior class is bittersweet. Each graduate looks forward to the beginning of bright new careers and educational opportunities beyond their undergraduate experiences. Since the Honors College opened, 2/3 of its graduates have gone on to graduate or professional schools. This year, the members of the Wilkes Honors College senior class are headed to a number of exciting new places after graduation, determined to put the valuable lessons they learned during their time at the Honors College to good use.

For many of this year's graduates, the future is centered on graduate school and the world of academia. Many Honors College seniors will be taking the research they completed as undergraduates to the most respected graduate programs in the country. Christopher Holmquist, who is completing a concentration in biochemistry at the Honors College, will be headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall to continue his research in the fields of biochemistry and biophysics. Kristi Beroldi, whose undergraduate research focuses on the ways in which Hospice employees experience death-related anxiety, will be taking her research skills to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at George Washington University. Like Beroldi and Holmquist, Rachel Pilaski hopes to continue her academic pursuits by conducting anthropological research relating to Islam and identity, specifically in the nation of Indonesia. Pilaski is excited to be travelling to Boston University in the fall to begin her journey toward a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology.

As graduation draws steadily closer, many Honors College students are envisioning the next step toward the careers they have long dreamed of. Christina Turn , who is completing a biochemistry concentration at the Honors College, will be headed to the University of Florida's College of Medicine in the fall, where she looks forward to a bright future in the medical field. Turn's fellow biochemistry-concentrator Imarhia Enogieru is also looking forward to medical school; however, she is still in the process of choosing between Harvard Medical School, the Northwestern University School of Medicine, and the University of Florida School of Medicine, all of which accepted Enogieru for admission in the fall. Kaitlyn Blum, whose studies have been focused on English Literature, will be attending Florida State University's School of Communication, where she will prepare for a career in speech therapy. Dawn Adolfson has worked as both an instructor and as the coordinator for the English for Speakers of Other Languages program at El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center throughout all four years of her Honors College experience. She looks forward to joining Blum at Florida State University to pursue a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a special focus on foreign and second language teaching. Senior Sydney Tornopski will also be working with language and communication as she pursues a graduate degree at Florida Atlantic University's Master of Communications Disorders Program. For these students, graduate school is the natural pathway to an inspiring career.

However, some Honors College seniors are reaching for educational opportunities that lie beyond the walls of any college or university. Hannah Norcini , who worked as the chair for the Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement division on the Jupiter campus, will be taking her passion for service to Rwanda in June of this year where she will serve as a Community Health Agent for the Peace Corps. Emily Smith will also be embarking on a service-based mission with the Teach for America program. After graduation, Smith will travel to San Antonio, Texas to work to close the achievement gap for middle school students in the San Antonio area. These students are confident that their experiences at the Honors College will serve them well in these challenging programs.

While all of these students will be missed, the Honors College community is proud of the great accomplishments of its senior class, and confident that this year's graduates will be successful in whatever occupation they choose. Dr. Jeffrey Buller , Dean of the Honors College, is excited about the future of this year's graduating class. "I remember all these students from when they first started our program. They were amazing then, and they're even more amazing now. These are all names that we'll be hearing about in the years to come. Our students consistently fill me with pride and even a bit of awe. Nothing can hold them back now."

Byline: Megan Geiger (HC student)

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