Shereen Cruz '16 is a nursing major from East Longmeadow. An honors student since her freshman year, Shereen is the Honors Student Council Secretary.
Why did you choose to attend UMass Dartmouth?
I chose to attend UMass Dartmouth because not only was it the school that gave me the best offer money-wise, but it was also a school that was not too close or too far from my hometown.
I received the Chancellor's Merit Scholarship for all four years, and UMass Dartmouth also had one of the best nursing programs out of all the schools I applied to.
The location of the school is very convenient, with all the stores and restaurants available to us. Even though we get remarks about how "ugly" our school is structurally, I like how our campus is enclosed and not too large like most other schools.
My older sister also attends UMass Dartmouth, so it was helpful that I was somewhat already familiar with the school.
Tell us about your experiences with the Honors Program.
I keep track of honors event attendances by the honors students, and record and document what we discuss during weekly meetings.
As part of the council, I work hard during the semester to help plan fun events and engaging activities for the honors community here at UMass Dartmouth.
What advice would you give incoming students?
Definitely focus on your studies, but don't forget to also have fun! UMass Dartmouth is a very diverse school with tons of resources and people who are always willing to help.
Similar to most, coming to this university was the first time I actually gained independence and responsibility for myself. This is the time where you learn about your strengths and weaknesses as an individual.
Living on campus has definitely played a huge role in my college experience. Living in the dorms/apartments has allowed me to get more involved with my studies, while also being able to make some of the best memories of my life with great people who share my same goals in life.
What's one thing no student here should miss?
One thing at UMass Dartmouth that no student should miss is the sunset view of the sky in the evening. That usual "#nofilter" picture of the sky with the library, the windmill, or the campanile in the background is definitely something most students have taken at least once here.