The Honors Community
- Chesapeake, Va.
- Graphic design with a minor in art history.
Michelle England toured Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus three years ago on a whim. After rain cancelled a high school softball tournament in Richmond, her mother suggested they visit the Welcome Center on their way home to Chesapeake, Va.
“My initial impression was that it was going to be a real city school, but it wasn’t,” said England, now a VCU junior. “Once you’re a student here, you realize there’s a central campus.”
After doing some research, England discovered that VCU had even more to offer, including The Honors College and the nationally ranked School of the Arts.
“I was in honors in high school and it’s something that just made sense,” England said. “I wanted to continue that level of study and The Honors College offered a lot of opportunities to do that, including registering early and living in West Grace with other people that would take their studies seriously.”
Once England started her freshman year, she found more advantages as a member of The Honors College. Her small classes allowed her to establish close relationships with her professors and her peers.
“You have the opportunity to develop personal connections here,” England said. “It’s really nice. We’re the state’s largest university and I don’t have more than 25 people in my class.”
In summer 2008, England spent one month in Scotland and expanded her art knowledge studying literary, visual and performing arts.
“I loved going to museums and experiencing the architecture and history Scotland has to offer,” she said.
The 20-year-old graphic design major has also come to love the history around the city of Richmond and its strong arts community.
“I like the Richmond art community,” England said. “That’s a big draw to VCU. It’s a good fostering ground for a lot of future endeavors.”
“ You have the opportunity to develop personal connections here. We’re the state’s largest university and I don’t have more than 25 people in my class.”