November’s Student of the Month

Haley smiling for the cameraHi everyone. My name is Haley Stewart. I’m from Oklahoma City, although not for much longer. I chose to come to NMSU because I fell in love with NMSU during a visit here in the February of my senior year of high school.  Back then, I was making the decision between two schools, NMSU being one of them, at the other school, I would’ve just been a regular student, probably aiming to graduate in three years as I’d accumulated some college credits during high school.  I realized that NMSU and the Honors College offered so much more than a simple bachelor’s degree, and so I decided that this was the place for me. I’m majoring in Criminal Justice with a Supplementary Major in Law & Society and a minor in Forensic Science. I’m currently on the NMSU 2016-17 Model United Nations team. Outside of school I love to work on drawing commissions for people, especially tattoo concept art.  You can also find me on most afternoons at the Activity Center’s climbing wall.

A recent favorite song of mine is “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith, which I first heard in the movie “Stuck in Love.” One of my favorite quotes is by Sophie from “Howl’s Moving Castle.” She says, “They say that the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst.”

Being in the Honors College has allowed me the opportunity to do so much and make so many more connections than I would have had I not been here. I am not sure what I plan to do after graduation. It depends on the rest of my undergrad college career, but I’m considering attending graduate school for a Master’s degree in political science or something similar. I absolutely recommend the
Honors College.  The Honors College really is a great community that is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals, both in the classroom and beyond

My biggest piece of advice is do not be afraid to talk to your professors.  I used to be terrified of that and I vividly remember from my community college days hyperventilating outside of my English professor’s office, trying to work up the nerve to ask him what file format he wanted my assignment in.  Since then I’ve gradually gotten more comfortable with it and I’ve discovered that professors are so helpful and genuinely interested in helping students succeed.

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