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Name: Faith Wilfong

Major(s)/Minor(s): B.A. in Archaeology (Specialized Liberal Studies) and B.A. in Anthropology

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

How did you know the Honors College was right for you?
I graduated high school as an NC Scholar with a 4.8 GPA and highest honors, but my life revolved around studying, leadership positions, and work. When I applied to UNCG, I applied in part because of the Honors program. I was convinced that the study abroad requirement and the small classes would provide me with the opportunity to make connections with my peers and superiors. I wanted to challenge myself in college, but I also needed to focus on things other than school. My Honors colloquium with Dr. Muich gave me every opportunity to make close friends, improve my essays, volunteer off-campus, and connect with my freshman roommate. I still talk to most of the people from that class, and I've become a part of the campus community. I’m looking forward to what the study abroad program will teach me.

What has been your favorite Honors experience so far?
My acceptance into the Honors Ambassadors program was the highlight of my spring semester. I spent a year working on my public speaking skills just so I would be eligible for the position. I love working with incoming Freshman. The first solo tour of North Spencer I gave for Destination UNCG only had four people in the group. It was rewarding to make the two students feel comfortable in their future home, though. The Lloyd International Honors College has provided me with so many great opportunities to become a successful individual, and I love sharing those memories with future honors students. The excited smiles on the faces of incoming students is the best part. I truly enjoyed being a 2015 Honors College OWL peer advisor for the same reason.

What does "Honors" mean to you now that you are here at UNCG?
The Lloyd International Honors College is more than just challenging classes and research for me. My freshman dorm in North Spencer was my second home. My parents live in a different country, so UNCG has become a place of comfort. My life in North Spencer was full of RA events, honors panels, and classes in the dorm with other honors students. I made most of my friends at UNCG in Honors Colloquium, as well. Honestly, as cliché as it may seem, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for the Honors College. I had to do a lot of growing up my freshman year, and the connections I made through the Honors program were fantastic. My peers were as equally motivated as I am to challenge myself, and the friends I made were incredibly supportive. Honors is more than just grades and achievements. The Honors program is a close-knit community.

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