Profiles: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources

Mike O'Brien

The Honors Program boasts of several advantages such as smaller classes and outstanding faculty, among other things, and while I've experienced those things, I can't deny the best part of my experience in the program:  I met my girlfriend of almost four years in the Honors Program.

Not that I'm trying to tout the program as a dating service; there's a lot to say about the more academic strengths of the program too.  While I majored in biochemistry, I remember really liking my core humanities classes.  There was a lot of emphasis on discussion, so you couldn't just study the night before; you had to really know the material so that you could defend your ideas in class.

And that same kind of thorough knowledge will be required of every Honors student when they write their senior thesis.  I did a lot of work in entomology (the study of insects) for mine, and I received some valuable assistance from my Honors Program mentor professor Gary Blomquist. He helped with my research, gave me many great ideas, and when I had questions, he was always available to answer them.

He also helped me to apply to the University of Nevada School of Medicine early in my senior year.  I was accepted and start this fall. I feel biochemistry did a good job of preparing me for life in med school.

Biochemistry is a rigorous major.  It's very structured, as opposed to, say, liberal arts, where you get to choose a lot of your classes.  That's not how it is in biochemistry or in med school.

I would advise incoming Honors students to try to get a good amount of their Honors credits out of the way early so that they can relax a little bit later on.  Though the Honors Program has some difficult aspects, students shouldn't be scared off.

Some of the classes are very difficult, but the atmosphere in Reno makes it all worth while.