Samantha Berg, a psychology major and student at the Burnett Honors College, recently received one of UCF's most prestigious honors, the Order of Pegasus. Samantha feels that this award has been a reflection of her love for UCF and the BHC. She recognizes all of her achievements and leadership roles that she was a part of during her time at UCF and feels grateful to be recognized for them.

What does receiving the Order of Pegasus mean to you?

Being a member of the Order of Pegasus reinforces my identity as a Knight. This award is significant to me because it is a reflection of my love and dedication to UCF and a recognition of my achievements and commitments while attending.

How did you achieve this honor?

Early on I determined a goal of developing myself into a capable leader. I began looking for pathways that would serve my career and personal interests well, and I enjoyed being involved in the community of the Burnett Honors College and UCF. Upon entering BHC, I immediately became involved with Honors Congress and its fundraising committee. Subsequently, I was elected director of fundraising. Following this, I was appointed director of recruitment within Honors Congress. I also participated in an international service-learning program through honors.

Since my first year at UCF, I have also explored my passion for psychology and research by cultivating laboratory experiences, multiple independent research projects, and conducting trauma research as part of the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates. I discovered a passion for mentorship and research development when I began working as a peer mentor for the Office of Honors Research, a position I have held since August 2018. Moreover, I mentored students as the president of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society for two years, and as a teaching assistant for two and a half years. In Spring 2019, I applied for and was accepted into the President’s Leadership Council.

I sought out experiences that would help me gain the skills I wanted for myself and my career, and these experiences gave weight to my application for the Order of Pegasus. However, I think the most important component in my receiving this award is my love for UCF and passion for my research.

What is your long-term goal, and how will the Order of Pegasus help you get there?

My long-term goal is to direct a research lab focusing on treatment and intervention for trauma/PTSD. I plan to go into clinical psychology.

What advice do you have for others who may want to achieve the Order of Pegasus?

Take an active role in the UCF community in positions that draw out your passions.

What is your biggest hobby? Dream job?

One hobby of mine is reading. I always enjoy a good book, especially one where I can learn something new. My dream job is directing a research laboratory and being a faculty member at a university.