Hometown: Shortsville, N.Y. Majors: History and Political Science
Joining the Honors Program in her freshman year was a matter of course for Katelyn Chiccino, ’17. Not only was she an honors student at her high school, but she was also the vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and she even helped one of her teachers to prepare an AP class.
“It looks good on résumés and applications, I knew that there were some perks, and I was an honors student all through high school so it just made sense to keep going with it,” Chiccino says.
It was a decision she didn’t come to regret. Her experiences with her honors Clare College (core curriculum) courses have played a large part in convincing her that she made the right choice.
“The honors classes I’ve taken have both been my favorite classes,” she says. “Last semester I took Intellectual Journey with Dr. Anne Foerst and I’ve never learned so much in my entire life, not just about the subject but also about myself. She made it a lot more interesting and I think that just learning more overall is going to give me an advantage later.”
Chiccino has taken three regular Clare courses and has taken note of the differences between these and their honors counterparts.
“What I really like about the honors classes is that everybody’s involved and it’s a conversation; they’re not lecture-style. It’s a huge difference,” said Chiccino.
Another aspect of the program that she and her classmates enjoy is the special housing in Loughlen Hall just for honors students.
“It’s nice, it’s clean, it’s generally quiet; it’s amazing. We keep to ourselves a lot more, and in the beginning it was kind of hard getting people to get out of their rooms, but now things are really good and I’m close with a lot of my floormates,” she said.
Like a true honors student, Chiccino knows when to leave academia behind and take some time for herself. She enjoys spending time with her friends, watching movies, working out, and, of course, feeding her Candy Crush addiction — what kind of scholar would she be, after all, if she didn’t enjoy a challenging puzzle every now and then?
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