Art student James Helenski has found priority registration via the Honors Program to be very helpful, especially when it comes to making a course schedule. That’s because studio time is often at odds with “regular” class times. It also offers the chance to explore a transformative major/minor combination.
“Combining philosophy with my studio practice has allowed me to add a different layer to my art making,” James says. “Having exposure to classes that critically examine the structures of human existence, or social metaphysics, enables me to bring a more sophisticated and critical eye to my art.”
James’ exploration isn’t confined to the studio: they* are a big biker, not just in Boston, but also all over eastern Massachusetts. They also started the Vegetarian Society on campus and work with two animal advocacy groups in the city. In addition, James spent a summer interning at a print studio and has created performative sculptures to explore ideas of gender and the gender binary. Like any honors student, James is busy. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The whole purpose of the Honors Program is to have a more challenging experience while in school. I certainly feel that I gain more in my honors classes since the atmosphere is more focused and engaged.”
*James prefers the gender-neutral/non-binary pronouns they/them.
During her freshman year in the Honors LLC, Ariel Wilson ran study groups, got help and helped others with homework, attended pre-registration advising sessions, and created new friendships—all without having to leave her residence hall.
The LLC experience gave Ariel a sense of confidence that’s traveled with her on her Suffolk journey. She’s in her second year as a Sawyer Business School Advisory Council member, planning events for honors students and serving on its communications committee. She is also a SUPERs peer health educator, a teaching assistant, and a level-four member of the Journey Leadership Program. She participated in a panel discussion at the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in New Orleans and served as a student moderator at the 2014 NCHC conference.
Due to graduate from Suffolk in just three and a half years, Ariel has already lived a lifetime of experiences. She’s even started pursuing a graduate degree.
“I can’t even count the number of opportunities in front of me,” she says. “I have grown as a student, a leader, and a future businesswoman in ways that would not have been possible if it weren’t for the Honors Program.”
As a Suffolk student, Aaron Lumnah never shied away from a full schedule. He was a Sawyer Ambassador, president of the Suffolk Entrepreneurs, an Alternative Spring Break student leader, and a service learning project leader.
He also interned at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, tech start-up Smarterer, learning resource Intelligent.ly, and cloud computing provider Carbonite. In fact, the Class of 2014 grad turned his internship at Carbonite into a full-time job.
Aaron balanced a full courseload with all his extracurricular activities thanks to priority registration. He says it gave him a “leg up” on other students and he was able to take the classes that fit his schedule and academic goals best.
As if his extracurriculars weren’t enough, Aaron even found time to work with his favorite professors on original research— titled “Perceiving Privacy in the Digital Age”—which he presented to his peers at the 2012 NCHC conference.
Aaron’s considerable involvement did not go unnoticed. He was named the Student Government Association’s 2011–12 Outstanding Sawyer Business School Student of the Year.
As a Suffolk student, when she wasn’t working and teaching in Ghana, interning at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, or planning her future in the Peace Corps, Cori served as president of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Honors Advisory Council. She was also a student representative on the College’s Strategic Planning Committee, a group tasked with plotting Suffolk’s long-range goals.
Cori relished the opportunity to be a change agent and never took her myriad responsibilities lightly.
“To be a voice for students was a real privilege,” she says. “I had to think actively about giving a well-rounded opinion and representing not just myself, my immediate circle, and the activities I’m involved in, but also thousands of students.”
Cori’s passion for activism was demonstrated in her academic work, and she became a respected campus leader. She presented a paper titled “Top-Down Versus Bottom-Up: The Differentiated Impact of Non-Governmental Organizations and Foreign Aid” at the 2013 NCHC conference.