U students sat down for lunch with Sylvia Torti, Dean of the Honors College, on Wednesday to chat about their lives and upcoming finals.

The event, “Lunch with the Dean,” took place in the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community (MHC). Students were flagged down as they traveled in between classes to enjoy pasta and salad catered by Angela’s Catering.

Torti addressed students with a microphone before the lunch began with an advisory speech for the impending finals week.

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“I feel your pain,” she said. “My best advice to you: schedule your time. Cut out social engagements. You can do it for just one week.”

The Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC) organized the event. Sivonna Connor, a third-year student in pre-nursing, is the chair for the group.

“It’s like an end of the semester hoorah for finals,” Connor said.

Torti sat down on the couches in the lobby of the MHC, where she engaged with students on a personal level throughout the event. She said one of the biggest problems facing Honors College students is stress.

“Take a couple big breaths. A-minuses and B’s aren’t failures,” she said. “You will make it through life fine without having a perfect grade report.”

Mostly freshmen attended the event. Eric Zhang, studying computer science, was one of those — he was enticed by the food.

He said: “It’s a great break before finals.”




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