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Honors is sort of like the biggest, craziest extended family you'll ever find. The Honors Program is a comfortable place to be completely at home with yourself: quirks, flaws, and all, without any judgment on the part of others. The classes I've taken in Honors are the classes you dream college will be like when you are in high school. Most of my college thinking has been done in Honors classes, and the peers and professors I've been privileged enough to experience them with have done more than anything else to change my view of the world. If you need any proof that high school and college have practically nothing in common, the Chapman Honors Program is evidence for that.
The Honors Program is full of opportunities. I have met really cool people from almost every major -- people I probably would have never met in other circumstances. I've taken classes that are vastly different from any others -- not only is the subject matter interesting and unique, but discussions in an Honors class are always lively and invigorating. I've also had the opportunity to travel to Honors conferences outside California to present projects and research -- always a great experience. Joining the Honors Program would have been worth it for even a fraction of these opportunities.
Honors is an amazing way to challenge yourself in ways that high school and even other college experiences cannot. The classes are phenomenal, emphasizing discussion and participation instead of simply sitting down in front of a professor that lectures the whole class period. The professors are pulled from all different departments, providing a diverse selection of classes. Honors gives you the chance to take a class with the faculty elite, which would not be offered in the normal curriculum to the general university population. Aside from the classes, Honors offers a community that strives for diversity, acceptance and widespread assistance.
Honors has the most interesting classes on campus, hands down. Odds are you can find an Honors class that will complement your major, since there are a wide variety of subjects within the program. The varied classes are ideal for students who want to explore others fields of study. You can be sure that the classes will engage your mind in ways that high school didn’t. I have found that the subject matter and nature of the courses make even difficult materials seem worthwhile and interesting. This is “learning” at its best.