Honors college Essay

In its mission statement, the UIC Honors College is described as a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the education experience of undergraduates and allow the faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning and research. Please tell us “How can you contribute to the Honors College community?” What benefits do you expect in return? (400-500 words)

Throughout my short lifetime of difficulties and discouragements, education has

been the one constant and one motivation that helped me stay positive. When my life

seemed to be falling apart, I knew I could get on the bus, go to school, and enter a

classroom I never wanted to leave. Whenever I was having a bad day, I redirected my

energy and passion into learning.

My teachers have played a special part in creating this safehaven for me.

They’ve pushed me to grow in unimaginable ways, from reading dozens of chapter

books in third grade to writing seven-page research papers on hipster culture and the

struggle for identity in modern society. Each of my teachers has encouraged me to

channel the intensity of my struggles into my learning, which has allowed me to achieve

successes larger than I thought I was capable of.

Because of their influence, something in me changed. I found myself taking on a

more active role in my education -- in and out of the classroom. I remember watching

How It’s Made in my freetime, the hours I spent constructing papers and projects for

pure self-gratification, and the hundreds of emails I’ve sent to my teachers, asking

questions and relating my finds to class discussions. I loved taking my education


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