Francis Ndicu '16 of Lowell is a management major in the pre-med program. An honors student, he is one of the Honors Council's student directors.
What experiences have you had as an honors student?
I have the opportunity to enroll in small discussion-based classes with some of the most talented faculty on campus.
There is more to the program than just classes. There are various benefits associated with being an honors student, everything from early registration to housing in the Woodland Commons.
This year I've had the pleasure of being one of the program's student directors. In this position, I've participated in staff meetings, organized fundraising, hosted events, and conducted advising for my fellow honors students.
Tell us about some of the opportunities you've had on campus.
College is a time of self-discovery, and every club I'm a part of in turn molds a part of my being. My leadership experiences with the Student Government Association, Peer Health Educators, Honors Program, and Endeavor Scholars program have all helped me discover and nurture my potential as a leader.
Why is UMass Dartmouth special to you?
I've poured my heart and soul into making this campus a better place for myself and for all of those who will follow. And as they say, home is where the heart is. This campus is my home and as such I feel a certain degree of responsibility for it. It is a place of great importance to me. My favorite spot on campus is the stone circle behind Lot 2. It provides a quiet place to think—it's my "idea spot."
How do you plan to combine your studies in pre-med and management?
I come from a family of nurses, doctors, and health care professionals. Having spent a lot of time in and out hospitals and doctors’ offices, I grew very fascinated with them. I loved the way the small offices functioned, where doctors and patients shared relationships and not just charts.
I'd like to combine my two passions, business and medicine, in my honors research—perhaps centering on small practices. I plan on continuing on to med school after graduation and from there having my own private practice.