Gifted and talented students become accustomed to exhibiting academic excellence throughout their K-12 careers; so much so that they learn to crave the intellectual stimulation and intrigue that is characteristic of their curricular experiences. Upon entering the realm of higher education, these same students are faced with a newfound independence and must make the decision of whether or not to continue their pursuits of specialized education. Students that are active in and outside the classroom during their collegiate career are more likely to complete their degree programs as proposed by Astin’s Theory of Student Involvement (Astin, 1999). Therefore, getting involved in the Honors College experience is an ideal avenue for achieving that goal. This composition aims to explore the benefits and disadvantages associated with an Honors College experience while additionally offering recommendations for countering those negative aspects.
Student Counseling and Personnel Services
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