Elise Martin majors in both Asian Studies and
Anthropology. She enjoys studying East Asian culture in
general, but especially folklore and religion and hopes that
one day her research will contribute to the anthropological record
of East Asia. She is also currently the Student Coordinator
for English Language Table, a Project AIM program that seeks to
help international students feel more comfortable speaking English
and interacting with Americans.
St. John’s draws students in from all over the world,
and Elise decided to attend St. John’s for this reason. She
especially wished to study Korean. Halfway through her
undergraduate years, she can confidently say it was a good
decision. Initially, St. John’s location and the opportunities
the Asian studies program offered were the primary reasons she
chose to come to St. John’s, but there are dozens of reasons why
she has thrived here. One is the Honors Program.
When Elise originally joined the Honors Program, she did not
know much about it. She assumed that it was just going to
consist of some challenging courses and perhaps some intimidating
professors. She was pleasantly surprised to find out that it
was so much more than that. The Honors Program has been for
Elise a set of wonderful opportunities to expand her knowledge, to
meet some incredible people, to experience different facets of New
York, and to have some unexpected fun.
Beyond its courses, one of Elise’s favorite aspects of the
program is that it is possible to be involved in its activities,
theatre events at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and
New York Philharmonic, museum visits to the Met and MoMA, and
walking tours of Manhattan to whatever degree one’s schedule
allows. Even if one comes only to its “Uncommon Hours,” its
monthly luncheon for members from across the University, the Honors
Program welcomes its students with open arms.