I am from Espanola, New Mexico and am studying Biochemistry. I have been at NMSU since Fall 2011 and am in my 5th year right now. I have been involved in Colleges Against Cancer – which I was the president of last year – and a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Study Abroad Ambassadors. I love to run, so I periodically train for half marathons. I also love to travel, sing, play the guitar and piano and watch baseball (go Cardinals!). My favorite quote is “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” by Anne Frank.
The Honors College is like a family. The professors I have taken classes with, and the administration as well, have been personally invested and really want to see me succeed. Also, I have met some amazing and lifelong friends in my classes. I really have no clue what my future holds, but I will be applying to graduate school and will hopefully get a PhD in a biomedical science field. I would like to be somehow involved in cancer research, whether through the basic science or the policy side of things.
I think the advice I would give is to take advantage of opportunities. Don’t ignore emails, or the amazing people in the Honor’s College. Many of the things I have done have come about because I took the time to read an email and then go talk to the faculty in the Honors College. It may seem trivial, but opportunities don’t hit you in the face, you have to go out there and look for them. The Honors College has been pivotal in helping me be successful. I learned more and enjoyed my classes much more than any others and I have met people who will be mentors/friends for the rest of my life and who have spent hours of their time helping me.