February’s Student of the Month

February’s Student of the Month!arthur

Arthur Tillbrook – “Travel and live abroad internationally. There is a whole world out there accessible to you through NMSU.”

I have been at NMSU for a total of eight semesters now, including this current one. Originally, I am from Alamogordo, New Mexico. My majors are both English and Philosophy. I love language learning and traveling. Right now, I am really trying to improve my Korean and Spanish skills. And if I have the chance to get out and go somewhere new, nine times out of ten I will go! The main organizations I am involved with are NMSU SOPHIA Philosophy Club and NMSU Student Ambassadors.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is definitely one book I love. It was actually recommended to me by a professor here at NMSU. I always find myself talking or thinking about it to this day. My favorite quote is “the inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.” -Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
What I love about the Honors College is the sense of community it creates among students and faculty across all disciplines. I have made many friends through the Honors College and Honors courses, and some I am sure will be lifelong friends. I have been able to also learn from astounding faculty outside of my field of study, being exposed to new ways of thinking that affect not only my studies but who I am as a person. My advice to students preparing for the future would be to travel and live abroad internationally. There is a whole world out there accessible to you through NMSU. No matter what field or discipline you are in, having a more international perspective will change how you see the world and yourself. By taking honors courses, students can stretch their wings in a way that coincides with their primary studies. You gain exposure to some of the best faculty on campus who are committed to not only the Honors Program, but also NMSU as a whole. NMSU is all about discovery, and the Honors Program accomplishes just that.

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