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‌‌Sarah Purcell, ’17 | Exercise Science/DPT

Living in the honors freshman LLC is wonderful! You are surrounded by other Honors students who are responsible for being held to similar academic standards as one another, so it is safe to say that getting homework and any school work done in the dorm is much easier to accomplish than on other floors/dorms. Everyone is respectful of others doing work because it is understood that schoolwork is taken seriously in the Honors program. Also, the study rooms on Honors LLC floors are incredible! They are basically a library just for Honors students! Everyone you live with is in at least 1 or 2 of your honors classes, so it is a nice way to make friends before going to classes!

‌Jenna Passerino, ’17 | Political Science, minors in Economics & Philosophy

  • Jenna PasserinoActivities: Honors Council, Pre-Law Club, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Horizons Literary Magazine, volunteer at Caroline House in Bridgeport
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‌It's funny to look back on it now because I dreaded living in the LLC. I wasn't sure what it would be like I didn't want to be secluded from the rest of campus, or even my building for that matter. I'm so happy I did it now though! You get to meet so many new people so quickly who share your values and ethics and that makes adjusting to the school so much easier. There are always people willing to get dinner with you, watch a movie, or study for an exam. We complete Honors LLC hours together which are always new and exciting out-of-the-classroom activities and there's always a familiar face in one of your classes. I think living in the honors freshman LLC really added something great to the experience.

‌Melissa A. Haggerty, '16 | Nursing

  • Melissa A. HaggertyActivities: VP of Honors Council, Student Ambassador, Secretary of Student Nurses Association, Sunshine Kids mentor, Relay for Life, Phonathon caller
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Coming into the honors program and finding out that it was mandatory to live in the Honors LLC, I was not happy. I thought it would prevent me from making friends, isolate me from the rest of my class, and give me a label as an "honors student" which I wasn't sure I wanted going into my Freshman year of college. However, after moving in, I really felt no different than any other freshman. I still made friends who weren't in honors but I was able to live with people who understood my study habits, we had awesome facilities, and I can say with 100% honesty that the people I met in the Honors LLC have become some of my very best friends. If I could do it all over again, I would happily move into the Freshmen Honors LLC, this time without stressing over it. 

 

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Sarah Purcell, ’17 | Exercise Science/DPT

Honors students are exposed to taking both regular and honors courses, and I would say that it is not true that the honors courses are more work, but rather more critical thinking and understanding concepts rather than memorizing and going through the motions that one may encounter in regular courses. Honors courses invite students to think outside the box and allow you to expand on what you are learning with your own general knowledge from other sources that can make class conversations more interesting. I learn more from my peers and teachers in the conversations that are talked about in honors courses than my regular courses for sure!

Jenna Passerino, ’17 | Political Science, minors in Economics & Philosophy

  • Jenna PasserinoActivities: Honors Council, Pre-Law Club, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Horizons Literary Magazine, volunteer at Caroline House in Bridgeport
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An Honors course load isn't necessarily more difficult than a regular course load. I find that the amount of work I have varies from class to class, regardless of whether it's an honors class or not. You will find, however, that honors work involves more critical thinking and stresses the quality or work over the quantity, which I find to be very rewarding.

 

Lindsey Severud, ’16 | Nursing

College honors courses have a slightly different workload than regular classes. The work is a little more detail-oriented, but as an honors student it is nothing you can’t handle. It is about the same difficulty and time commitment as the rest of the coursework you will encounter. The more significant part of honors courses is the class environment; the discussions are more intriguing, and the classes themselves are more specific than the general courses one could take. Taking general courses as an honors elective is also a great idea because they count towards your honors minor and the general curriculum, which adds to the ease of completing your honors minor.

 

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Sara Isaacson, ’16 | Exercise Science/DPT

  • Sara IsaacsonActivities: Division I track and field, work, student ambassador, Exercise Science Club, incoming President of the Physical Therapy Club
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Yes, you can definitely handle and excel at a 3+3 program or completing your major in 3 years while in the honors program. As long as you can manage your time so that you are able to get all of your work done, you will be fine! At Sacred Heart, I am an athlete on the Division I Track and Field team, in the 3+3 physical therapy program, have a job, and I am in the honors program. The key is to stay on top of your workload so you do not put things off until last minute. Many of the honors courses can count as elective courses that are required for every major at Sacred Heart. Therefore, you do not have to take any additional courses that do not count towards your major. There are many resources for honors students such as the honors advisor and private study rooms that provide students with the resources to succeed.

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Krystal Scinto, ’15 | Chemistry

You will definitely have room in your schedule for honors classes as a natural science or clinical science major. The great thing about the honors program is that most of the honors classes offered will also fulfill other graduation requirements such as the humanities, social science, or religion requirements. Sometimes, there are honors classes offered that will fulfill your major requirements because many honors students are natural science or clinical science majors. As a Chemistry major who is also taking prerequisites for Pharmacy School, I can say that there is plenty of room in my schedule to fit in honors classes because it counts towards other graduation requirements.

Lindsey Severud, ’16 | Nursing

Majoring in the clinical sciences and being an honors student is completely possible. Some of your honors classes are embedded into some of your major curriculums and the general curriculum, so scheduling the few electives you need for honors is not difficult at all. The workload for the honors program also does not add much to your general workload, so the time spent on homework does not change all that much. 

 

 

Kevin Hess, ’15 | Biology, Chemistry

  • Kevin HessActivities: American Chemical Society, Biology Club, Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors society, The Green SHUs: The Sacred Heart University Environmental Club,  Gay Straight Alliance ‚Äč
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I'm currently a double major in the honors program, majoring in biology and chemistry. Being a double major at Sacred Heart and participating in the honors program is a very manageable track. I'm only a junior, but I’m on my last required honors class this semester! Many of the honors classes offered are actually often required for certain majors. For example, the honors Topics in Genetics class I’m currently taking satisfies requirements for both the biology major and the honors minor. It was possible to add this course to my schedule and therefore easy to complete my honors minor. As long as you meet with your academic advisors and the honors director during advising to make sure that you're on track with everything, it is very doable to schedule honors classes and keep up in all of your classes! 

 

McKenna Wiegand, ’17 | Business Administration, Marketing

The balance is challenging but very rewarding. As a Division 1 athlete this was my concern, but it is quite possible. You may have less free time than others, and practice and games can be demanding, but it is all about time management and making smart choices. This may mean skipping that party or staying up late to study but it will be worth it when you are accomplishing all of your goals. Plus, it shows that you are disciplined and driven if you can manage sports and honors. I promise you can still have a lot of fun, too!

 

Lindsey Severud, ’16 | Nursing

As a college student, time management is important. This skill is more than reinforced when you add being a Division I athlete to the mix, though it is completely do-able. I am a nursing major, Division I athlete, honors student, and I have a work-study job. Balancing everything will not be easy all the time, but you can absolutely do it. Your professors provide you with syllabi so you know exactly when everything is due at the beginning of the course, and scheduling in the honors classes is not difficult at all. They are generally streamlined with the core curriculum and fitting in two or three electives over eight semesters is not a challenge. As a Division I athlete, you know when practice times are each day and when meets are. Between the syllabi and the foreknowledge of practice time, you are able to plan out when you’re going to need to buckle down and do a decent amount of work (i.e. the few days leading up to a weekend-long meet) or when you can relax a little bit. Being able to plan out your schedule a couple days in advance is a very good skill to have, and will be very rewarding in the future.

 

Shauna Santos-Dempsey, ’17 | Social Work, minor in French

  • Shauna Santos-DempseyActivities: Chi Omega, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Choir (Blended Hearts and Liturgical), Social Work Club, Relay for Life, Campus Ministry, Less Than U Think, SHU Volunteer Coordinator for Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Student Ambassador Shadow, Celtic Club
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Extracurricular activities will not interfere with your honors commitments as long as you manage your time. As a student that is highly involved on campus, I can attest that accomplishing your honors obligations is possible. Academics always come first and as long as you put that idea into practice you should have no problem building your résumé. Conflicts can be easily overcome if you schedule your events far enough ahead of time so that you can contact whomever you need to and arrive at a convenient solution.

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