Endless Possibilities

by Carolyn Hartmann

The Honors College at the University of Houston provides students with an exhilarating, intellectual environment grounded in an “education for life” philosophy. Beyond challenging curricula, students are encouraged to step outside the boundaries and explore the world around them. We recently caught up with two students from the Honors College who are doing just that.

Left-Nour Haikal, Right-Deborah Okoro
Nour Haikal (left), Deborah Okoro (right)

Nour Haikal and Deborah Okoro are the proud recipients of the Faber-Economon European Travel Scholarship (F.E.E.T.). Made available through the generosity of two Honors alumni, Hanneke Faber and Aris Economon, the award provides Honors students the chance to visit Europe without having to enroll in classes or take time off from school.

“I am so grateful that our donors recognize the value of a holistic education that allows you to see the world through a different lens,” said Nour. “When people give to scholarships such as F.E.E.T., they are truly investing in life-changing opportunities that help you become a more rounded individual,” said Deborah.

When asked if they have particular items on their bucket list, Nour and Deborah were quick to mention their excitement to visit the Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roman Colosseum and Anne Frank’s house. “Besides the attractions, I am looking forward to getting a taste of the culture and the opportunity to grow personally from the experience,” said Deborah.  “I actually have family over in Europe and am excited to finally have the chance to see them in their own element,” said Nour.

After their upcoming trip, Nour and Deborah plan to resume their studies and immerse themselves in the full UH experience. “When I decided to attend UH, I had no idea that I would be involved in activities such as the Bonner Leaders Program where I can be of service to others and Club Theatre where I can test the waters in acting and directing. I believe the possibilities here are endless,” said Deborah. “My experiences at UH have been eye-opening.  I have made invaluable connections with fellow students and professors that will carry over way after I graduate. I have also developed a passion for helping others through my involvement in community outreach initiatives while at UH,” said Nour.

No doubt that these two aspiring students will take full advantage of the incredible adventure that awaits them. We look forward to hearing more from Deborah and Nour once they return from their journey.