Hometown: Attica, N.Y. Major: French Minor: Law and Society
For Peter Bertoldo, St. Bonaventure’s Honors Program was a very important factor in his enrolling at St. Bonaventure.
“I knew Bonaventure had an Honors Program because that’s one of the things I looked at when I was looking at colleges,” he said. “I wanted it to set me apart, because some colleges don’t have one. It’s a great way to get with a more serious group of students who really care about what they’re doing here, and then post-grad it will look good to have an honors diploma anywhere you’re going.”
Bertoldo has found, however, that St. Bonaventure’s Honors Program is much more than just a feather in his cap; there are myriad benefits that come with one’s participation.
“I really like the options for the 299 classes we get to take,” Bertoldo said. “There was one about fairy tales and myths and religions, for example, and I took one called French Literature in Translation. I think the classes expose us to a wider range of topics. For example, I would never have read any of those books if it hadn’t been for French Lit and I’m so glad I did because they were very entertaining. I really like the honors lounge in Plassmann Hall, too. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I have this gap in my schedule so I stay there. It’s a cozy little environment.”
Bertoldo said there is “no reason not to” join the Honors Program, provided you meet the qualifications.
“Why would you say no to a good thing?” he said. “You get early class selection, access to the honors lounge, and so many great things.”
Among those great things, he said, are the honors sections of required Clare College (core curriculum) courses.
“I liked the smaller class size in the Honors Intellectual Journey course. There were about 14 of us, and in my current non-honors section of Catholic and Franciscan Heritage there are about 25, which is a lot. The quality of conversation and the dialogue you get in the honors sections is also definitely another perk,” he said.
Bertoldo has even reaped non-academic benefits from being in the Honors Program through the strong friendships he’s made living in honors housing.
“Living with them, taking classes with them; it’s just a recipe for friendship that lasts,” he said. “The other day I went down the hall and there were like six of us in a room just chatting the night away until 3:30 in the morning. I really just like that environment of people who care.”
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