Student Profiles

Name: Olivia Wood

Major(s)/Minor(s): Majors in English and Anthropology with a minor in Classical Studies

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

How did you know the Honors College was right for you?
I knew the Honors College was right for me because I loved the idea of being in a living-learning community but didn't want to pick one of the ones with a more specific focus. Plus, the Honors college is for all 4 years (or at least it can be), whereas the other learning communities are 1 or 2 year programs. The living-learning community environment allowed me to make friendships and relationships with professors freshman year that I, as a generally shy person, probably wouldn't have made in a regular dorm/regular classroom setting. Additionally, the honors seminars I took remain some of my favorite and most fulfilling classes.

What has been your favorite Honors experience so far?
Study abroad, of course! I picked the UNCG in Rome program instead of a semester-long stay at another university because I knew a structured and faculty-led program like that would make me get more out of my time abroad than I probably would have if left to my own devices. I like to stay in, especially when I don't know anyone to go out with, and study abroad is not the time to stay in. We were busy from 7am to midnight almost every day, and I had an absolute blast. With one sister in college and another about to graduate from high school, I don't think I would have been able to do that without the honors travel stipend.

What does "Honors" mean to you now that you are here at UNCG?
For me, the Honors program is for anyone who wants to delve deeper into their field in ways that aren't available to them through the regular course of their major. That means something different for everyone, since every department offers different opportunities. For example, science majors can get involved in research labs regardless of their honors status, but as an English major, I would not have been able to conduct my own research projects if not for the honors program. I think being an honors student just means that you're driven to pursue academic opportunities beyond what is already available to you, and that looks different for every student.