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Name: Rachael Segal

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Global Studies Major in Asian Studies, Drama Minor

Hometown: Hendersonville, North Carolina

How did you know the Honors College was right for you?
The Honors College was right for me since I have always chosen to challenge myself academically and wanted more community support from students and professors in the Honors College. I was also seeking classes with unique subject matter. I was pleased to experience the insightful Honors seminars that have helped me gain an advanced perspective on my education and my major. The Disciplinary Honors’ contracted courses within my major also pushed me to refine and develop a better understanding about Japanese language, culture, and society. Choosing to learn with the Honors College will no doubt give me a competitive advantage when I apply to graduate school and seek out various careers overseas.

What has been your favorite Honors experience so far?
Of course, my semester abroad in Kyoto, Japan was an incredible life-changing event and must say it is the best part of the Honors College. Aside from that, my favorite experience is taking the Honors seminars in place of regular General Education courses. The research methods and specialized content taught by enthusiastic and reassuring professors foster my own interest within other subjects outside my major. These classes make me feel like I can become a well-rounded scholar in many fields while actually applying those skills to my own field of Japanese studies.

What does "Honors" mean to you now that you are here at UNCG?
“Honors” means taking full advantage of the expertise and challenges that UNCG has to offer. Attending a university is so much more than a transition to a professional career. Being an Honors student at UNCG means that we push to discover more about ourselves and the current world we live in, while gaining further appreciation for our immensely valuable education. Furthermore, an undying passion to understand our own and other’s lives is a key element to my definition of an Honors student.

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