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As Maria Jernigan sang Les Misérables’ “On My Own” to a room full of prospective and current Honors students during Freshman Interview Weekend’s coffeehouse, she said it was the moment she knew she wanted to be in the Honors College at Virginia Tech. What she didn’t know was that she wouldn’t have to pay anything to do so. Upon entering Tech, Maria was awarded the Calhoun Liberal Arts scholarship, which covers full tuition, room and board, and fees, including study abroad experiences, leaving Maria time to explore her current three majors—philosophy, Spanish, and theatre—and her passion: education reform.
Now a sophomore, Maria’s passion has led her around the world, starting with a summer abroad in Finland studying educational methods and followed by a three-week stint in London at Shakespeare’s Globe through the Fulbright UK Summer Institute. Maria used the experiences to craft the beginnings of a thesis and design a project for the Class of 1954 Fellowship—which she won. For her plan researching project-based learning, she will study in Colorado, Australia, and New Zealand the summer after her junior year. For now, though, Maria is studying abroad in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, where her classroom consists of places like Venice, Geneva, Rome, and Milan. She credits her mentors and Honors’ support as pushing her toward these ventures. “They really listen to my crazy ideas, and then they help me do that,” she said.