Martin Totland was born and raised in Bergan, Norway and is a senior, majoring in Media and Communication Arts. After graduation, he plans to return to Norway and prepare graduate school applications, while possibly spending some time in the Navy. He hopes to become a film maker/writer and to return to New York for Master’s degree studies.
Martin has been an active member of campus life since joining the Pace community. He is one of the founding brothers of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and has held several positions in this organization since his first year, including President. Martin has also held the title of Opinion Editor for The Pace Chroniclesince the beginning of this school year.
“My favorite Pace memory has got to be traveling to Argentina with fellow students during spring break in 2009,” Martin remembers. This travel was part of an Argentine History and Culture course, and he and his classmates spent eleven days exploring the country. “I love traveling,” Martin continued, “and Argentina is an incredibly rich and diverse country, offering something for every traveler.” Students should try their best to plan a study abroad venture during their undergraduate education and use Martin’s positive experience as an example to follow.
He reminds first-year Honors students to take advantage of the many Honors College events offered on campus, within and outside of your interest areas. He also recommends keeping track of the number of Honors College courses students are enrolled in to meet their requirements. Martin acknowledges that college life is far different from high school and as Honors College students, first-year members will have more expected of them academically. “Take charge,” he advises, “and get your work done, but have fun.”
As an avid student, Martin identified key courses and professors to study with during a student’s time at Pace. He suggests enrolling in courses with Professor Michael DeRario and Professor Howard Weishaus. Martin appreciated Professor DeRario’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable approach to film production and to helping develop his students’ understanding of this subject. For students with majors outside of the Communications department, he recommends taking very worthwhile courses with a popular professor among students, Professor Weishaus. “He is a great teacher and really nice guy who knows what he’s talking about,” Martin notes.
Like many Honors College students, Martin has had the opportunity to attend many interesting and informative speeches and presentations, as well as Honors College trips and events. Some of the many events Martin has attended include the Make-A-Wish Foundation Presentation, the Wolf Conservation Center Presentation, the Honors College Six Flags trip, and the Honors College United Nations Trip. He notes that these experiences made a difference in his Pace experience and encourages first-year students to participate in all of the events, presentations and trips that Honors offers to them.