Testimonials

Grant Barkley, Mathematics and Physics, class of 2021 

Why did you join the Honors and Scholars Village?

In my freshman year, I was a member of the Scholars Village, where I met some of my best friends and made some great memories. So when I heard about the new combined Honors and Scholars Village, I knew that joining could be a rare opportunity to get an extra year to meet people interested in academics and cultural exploration. And not only did I meet great friends, but the Village provided so much more — a tight-knit community that actively engaged us in activities to broaden our perspectives and deepen our relationships with one another. Living in HSV was meaningful enough that I joined it for a second/third year, depending on how you count it. And I would have kept coming back too if it weren’t for graduation requiring my presence elsewhere.

Would you recommend our village to future students? Why or why not?

In case it wasn’t clear from how many times I came back to HSV, yes, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Village to anyone looking for a great place to live and an enthusiastic community to join. The Honors and Scholars Village is well-known for having one of the most active communities on campus, through the combined efforts of Village Fellows, Honors and Scholars program staff, and Quad resident advisors and staff. Not to mention the student-run Quad Area Council! These all groups all work together to create unique and diverse programming and generally make everyone feel welcome. And because the net of “scholarly minded” is so far-flung, the residents of the Village come from all majors and backgrounds. So even when you aren’t actively discussing or experiencing something during official programming, you’re sure to learn something new or make a new friend just walking through the halls or spending time in the many lounges throughout the Quad. And for the times when you are more interested in getting work done, there are a number of study spaces available as well. (And people know how to respect your study time.) All-in-all, the Honors and Scholars Village is the embodiment of the best that I imagined college could be, so if you are considering it and want to be a part of a strong community, I definitely recommend it.

Describe your best Village moment.

Ooh, there’s a lot. Here’s what comes to mind at the moment: making spooky music with the composer of the ballet Dracula, roaming the Quad’s Haunted Hall, spotting the year’s first snowfall and everyone pouring onto the lawn to see it, watching a lunar eclipse with my hallmates, weekly mafia nights, guacs and socks, tacos and tribulations, bee behavior journal readings, and my favorite of all: move-in weekend, where I met so many great friends.

Cynthia Bilal, Design, class of 2022

Why did you join the Honors and Scholars Village?

…The opportunity to live in the Honors and Scholars Village was the beginning of what would become the best experience that I could have ever hoped for as an NC State student. The atmosphere in the HSV is one that encourages academic excellence and social development through focused activities designed to help residents acclimate and thrive in their new living and learning environment. There is a shared sense of caring, not only for each other but also for ensuring that the HSV remains a place where respect for each other and the successful achievement of academic goals remains a priority….I have lived in the HSV every year since my freshman year; and as a result of my personal experiences here, I have been able to excel academically, make many new friends, and become a mentor to students who are new residents. 

Would you recommend the village to future students? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend the Village to future students because it offers residents the opportunity to live in a very positive living and learning environment that encourages academic excellence and social development. The HSV provides an atmosphere with many unique opportunities for students to grow as individuals who are not only prepared to make positive contributions to the world after they leave NC State, but who are also able to achieve academic excellence, build relationships, and mentor others while enrolled as a student. The environment of the Honors and Scholars Village is one that any student should be proud to be a part of, and I would recommend it without hesitation.

Describe your best Village moment:

There have been so many “best” moments that it is hard to choose only one. There is one event, however, that does stand out. I can remember the special Kickstart! “welcoming event” that was held for new freshmen during my very first year at North Carolina State University. This was a time when I was really nervous and did not know what to expect. The event was so very well organized, and everyone was so welcoming that I forgot that I was even nervous when I arrived…Even though I had many, many more special days as a Villager, this was probably my most special because it happened during a time when I was not very sure of myself and when I really needed the support of those who were already familiar with the benefits of the HSV.

Christina Nguyen, Chemical Engineering/Biomanufacturing, class of 2023

Why did you join the Honors and Scholars Village?

I joined the Honors and Scholars Village because I knew past students who had stayed in the Village before and enjoyed their time there. They spoke highly of their experiences and encouraged me to be a part of the village as well. Additionally, as a part of the Honors Program, I knew that by living in the Village I would get to live with other students who were also a part of the program, and I really wanted to be a part of a tight-knit community with like-minded individuals. Coming in as a freshman, I knew that my first year would be formative to my overall college experience 

Would you recommend the village to future students? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend the Honors and Scholars Village to future students! It’s such a great place to meet new people. Everyone is so nice and welcoming; I met all of my best friends by being part of the Village. Living in the Village also adds to the overall experience of being a part of the Honors and Scholars program as the friends you make in your Honors seminar classes or Scholars forum events are the same ones you’re living right next to. And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, the Village is right next to Clark Dining Hall so you are one flight of stairs away from food!

Describe your best Village moment:

My time at the Honors and Scholars Village is filled with a lot of great memories. A memory that stands out in my mind is the night of Winter Formal. The whole evening leading up to it, my friends and I were giddily doing our hair and makeup. That whole night was amazing; the music was great, the fun atmosphere was infectious, and I had so much fun dancing the night away with my friends. After Winter Formal had ended, we officially ended the night with a quick late night trip to Taco Bell. The Winter Formal is one of many great events the Village hosts for its students; I had such a memorable time and am so glad I could be a part of a Living and Learning Village that offers so much to its students! 

Nate Schaefer, Management, class of 2023

Why did you join the Honors and Scholars Village?

I joined the HSV because I wanted to be a part of a tightly-knit community of students and for the unique opportunities that the village allows including the interdisciplinary classes, frequent events and trips

Would you recommend our village to future students? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend the village to students because it bring you closer to a good group of students and faculty in the university, in the classroom and on a day to day basis in the village. 

Describe your best Village moment.

My best village moment is the first week of living in the HSV, getting to meet and know everyone in the village from my hall to my classes with the plethora of activities that are offered for everyone.