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Honors Program at BCC: A Rewarding Opportunity For Students

April 19, 2013 by admin

By Miranda Bonamo

Entering college for the first time can be a difficult task. Coming from a safe, high school environment, you’re suddenly thrown into classes with complete strangers. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for all incoming, or even current, students at Brookdale Community College.
   The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to create lasting friendships,challenge students to their fullest potential in the classroom, and much more.
   The program utilizes small class sizes to increase closer relationships from professor to student and between the students themselves. In order to keep class sizes small, the Honors Program is very selective with a max of 30 students accepted.
   “I really like that the Honors Program allows you to have more of a relationship with the professors. It really makes life easier,” said Kate Brace, a 19-year-old liberal arts major from Old Bridge.
   Joining the program is a multi-step process. An application can be obtained online through the Brookdale website. Applicants must write an essay, have a 3.5 GPA, and a letter of recommendation in order to be considered for acceptance into the program.
   Students who wish to continue in the Honors program must maintain a 3.5. GPA. To graduate with Honors, a student must give a presentation at the Honors Symposium in the spring, and complete 18 credits of Honors courses. At graduation, a successful Honors student will gain special recognition on his or her diploma.
   In addition to the Honors Program, Brookdale also offers the Honors Club, which is an entirely new, student-run organization separate from the program. The difference is the Honors Program is about a higher-level curriculum involved. The club is open to all Brookdale students and focuses on extra-curricular activities. Right now, the club is organizing a trip to New York to the Museum of Natural History.
   “It’s about the community of students and the bond they form,” said Dr. Laura Neitzel, coordinator of the Honors Program and advisor of the Honors Club at Brookdale. Dr. Neitzel has spent seven years in the Honors community
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