Nora Johnson

Nora Johnson

The Honors College is a community where everywhere you look, there is another opportunity calling your name.

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During Nora Johnson’s senior year at FGCU, one of her professors in an Honors leadership course returned a portfolio she had compiled in her freshman year. To her delight, she had achieved every goal she had outlined as a first-year Honors student — everything from studying abroad in Ireland to presenting her research on student motivation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Asheville, N.C., and publishing her findings in the conference proceedings.

“The Honors College is a community where everywhere you look, there is another opportunity calling your name,” Johnson says.

After graduating from FGCU in December 2017, she began working as a green coffee financial analyst with Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA at the company’s corporate headquarters in Suffolk, Va.

She had fallen in love with the world of commodities and finance while interning for two years with Massimo Zanetti. Now she is living the dream that was nurtured and fostered by the Honors College.

“The Honors College is not a ‘check-the-box’ kind of program,” she says. “As cliché as it sounds, we are truly a community. I met many of my closest friends thanks to the Honors College at FGCU. While we are all of different majors and backgrounds, and we all have different future career goals, the Honors community brought us together.

“From living in Honors housing on campus, to studying abroad through Honors, to taking Honors elective courses by choice, the Honors College provides students with a ‘home away from home’ and diverse experiences that transform you from the day you begin in the Honors College.”