Manuel entered the Honors College as a freshman after graduating from Boca Raton High School. His attraction to the college was based on its academic reputation and its intimate, close knit community, particularly its small classes. One of his favorite early memories here was during his open house tour where he was presented his acceptance letter in person. In attending the Honors College, Manuel has taken advantage of opportunities to foster personal growth and development. Majoring in Biological Chemistry, he has worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Chemistry program. He expresses great appreciation for the professors here, who saw his potential and were instrumental in giving him guidance in his studies as well as future career planning. Manuel is very involved on campus, interning with the FAU Cudic’s lab where he conducts scientific research for his thesis. Additionally, he serves in a number of leadership roles in campus life: he is an OWL leader, an Organic Chemistry tutor, and a member of both the Owlettes dance group and the Vegan Club. Manuel also enjoys participating in the annual student vs. faculty softball game, which is held each year. He expresses his appreciation for the Honors College, stating, “I love being a part of a campus that values me.” Manuel plans to become a physician scientist, pursuing a combined M.D. and Ph.D. after graduation.