About the Honors College
Michael Tobin Class of 2017
Honors College living and learning program: Honors Humanities
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
A few of my activities: Theta Tau, Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Beta Mu Eta, BIOE120 Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, Cell Biophysics Laboratory Researcher, Intramural sports
What I enjoy most about my living and learning program: The thing I most enjoyed about my living and learning program was being a member of the close-knit community Honors Humanities fostered. In living with my fellow honors students, I was pushed to reach my full potential while easily developing friendships as a result of our mutually shared academic and social interests. The living and learning program allowed me to get to know my fellow honors students better, some of whom I would have never met in my engineering classes.
Advice to prospective students about choosing a university or college: Choose a university that provides you with a means for continued personal growth. During college, you will develop a greater sense of independence as well as experience a diverse culture. Make sure that during these critical years of your life, your university has the resources and support to guide you. If they do, college will become the best years of your life!
Foluke Tuakli Class of 2016
Honors College living and learning program: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hometown: Clarksville, MD
A few of my activities: Hip Hop Shake Fitness Classes at Eppley, Gospel Choir, The Maryland Crew for Soccer Games
What I enjoy most about my living and learning program: The community it breeds. EIP naturally attracts fascinating social and innovative folks. The conversation is never boring. Your network is never mediocre.
Advice to prospective students about choosing a university or college: Prioritize what you want from your college experience and make sure the university can deliver. Really take the time to get to know yourself, independent of other people’s expectations. Consider careers you may want to go into. How does the university pipeline students into that field or industry, or help students figure it out?
Veronica Rittie Class of 2017
Honors College living and learning program: Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES)
Hometown: Reisterstown, MD
A few of my activities: Intramural Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, Fastpitch club team, Ballroom dance, Self-defense classes
What I enjoy most about my living and learning program: The ACES program really provided me and my classmates with a tightknit community on such a huge campus. We became a family after the years of studying, living, and growing together.
Advice for prospective students about choosing a university or college: After looking at all of your options, the opportunities and costs, choose a school that fits who you are and feels like home. Find somewhere where you know you’ll be able to thrive.
Elfadil Osman Class of 2017
Major/s: Neurobiology and Physiology
Honors College living and learning program: Gemstone
Hometown: Salisbury, MD
A few of my activities: Gemstone Research Project/Team, College Success Scholars, Honors Ambassadors, Students Helping Honduras
What I enjoy most about my living and learning program: The Gemstone Living and Learning Program provided me with what I most greatly wanted from my undergraduate experience which is an immersive, interdisciplinary undergraduate experience. My future plans are focused on research, and the Gemstone program introduced me to the nature of research and also how to investigate interesting questions. I’ve been extremely fortunate to spend four years researching a topic outside of my own field.
Advice for prospective students about choosing a university or college: Your undergraduate years are great years to challenge yourself in new and unique ways. In choosing which university or college to continue your education, consider what schools will provide you with a wide array of opportunities to challenge yourself and grow holistically.