Determination

Part of the mission of the University Honors & Scholars Center is to support and promote the intellectual and personal growth of high-performing, motivated undergraduate students. What types of experiences have you encountered thus far that have contributed to your intellectual and personal growth? Please provide specific examples, and explain fully how these experiences have contributed to your success thus far. How might being a member of your preferenced Honors and/or Scholars Programs continue that progression of success? In your response, be sure to address all three of your preferenced programs.


Sophomore year I tried out for my school’s track team. I made the team but never placed high enough in the competitions to earn a varsity letter. I was very disappointed in myself and worked hard in the off-season to change that. I ate healthier, ran in my free time, and went to the local YMCA to work out. By the time my junior season started I placed first in my event and earned my varsity letter. I was ecstatic. My hard work and dedication finally paid off. This proved to me that if I made goals and proceeded with the necessary preparations to achieve them anything was possible.

I think that the University Honors program will provide me with a similar challenge. I am very competitive, and being surrounded by students with a likewise mentality would challenge me to do better. I do not enjoy coming in second, whether it’s in a sporting event or a B on a test. I strive to do my best in everything I do. I think the Honors program will better my education and place me with classmates of the same mental caliber with which to challenge myself.

Junior year my teacher assigned a massive project due in nine weeks. It was to design a detailed picture by graphing hundreds of equations on a plot. Some of my classmates and I decided to...

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