When I graduated with honors from my community college and transferred to a 4-year university, I was so excited to join a new honors program. Unfortunately, the Honors College at IUPUI only admits incoming freshmen.
During my first semester of college I faced a major academic setback, but I overcame this obstacle in order to gain admittance to Phi Theta Kappa (The official honors society of 2-year colleges) and graduate from the Honors Program. Because of this I firmly believe that all students deserve a "second chance" to be honors students. The opportunities afforded to honors students should not be restricted to those who were star students in high school, this only serves to alienate a large portion of outstanding students and cripple the potential of the Honors College. In order to grow as a whole, it is essential to create a program that caters to these nontraditional honors students who did not qualify for entry to the Honors College as freshmen but have since shown a dedication to academic excellence.