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Alumni Success Stories
Ferris Honors Program Alumni Matt Bottke

Matt Bottke
B.S. in Biology
December 2010

From my freshmen to senior year, the Honors Program changed and molded me into the person that I am today. As a high school student, I was always successful academically, but I was able to achieve this with very little studying or outside involvement. Upon arriving at Ferris I was placed into classes that challenged me in ways that high school could not, and I was not prepared for these new difficulties. Luckily for me I made friends with other Honors students that were in my classes, and they were able to push me in ways I did not think were possible. These new friends were focused, driven, and competitive, but most importantly they saw potential in me and challenged me to realize it. To them, anything less than a 4.0 was unacceptable and was a result of laziness, and before long I too developed this mindset. Together we spent countless hours studying in the Helen Ferris study rooms, and when it came time to take the exams it was always us setting the curve. These are the people that you surround yourself with in the Honors Program, and without them I would never have become the self-determined and motivated person that I am today. In June 2011 I will begin classes at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in Macomb, and I never could have done it without the Ferris Honors Program.

The best advice I can give to anyone coming to Honors at Ferris is to learn how to study, find something to be passionate about, and get involved as much as possible. As a freshman I did not know the importance of these things, but my career as a student at Ferris showed me the way. Throughout my years at Ferris I was a member of the Pre-Medicine Club, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and the Student Alumni Gold Club (SAGC). These clubs all became passions of mine and before I knew it I was President of SAGC, treasurer of the Pre-Medicine Club, and had compiled over 400 hours of community service. Some people see involvement as a requirement of the Honors Program, but I look upon it as an opportunity that turned me into a leader, bonded me to this school, and helped me develop lifelong friendships. My grades gave me an opportunity for success, but my leadership and extracurricular activities are what made me a solid candidate for medical school. If Honors had not pushed service, leadership, and scholarship I would not have risen as high as I did. The Honors Program is filled with students that set the bar higher than I ever thought possible, and being in that environment is what encouraged me to do the same.