Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Essay Questions

Each year, the Schreyer Honors College requires potential Scholars to answer three essay questions. These questions change on a yearly basis and are meant to elicit well-written, comprehensive responses. Essay responses do not have word count or formatting requirements.

The essay questions are posted here a few months before the Penn State and Schreyer Honors College application is made available on September 1. We strongly encourage you to begin working on your essays immediately after they are posted.

Fall 2017 Essay Questions

  • Is doing the wrong thing for the right reasons ever acceptable? Please explain by giving specific examples.
  • Citizens of the United Kingdom shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union. This decision was fueled by a growing interest in limiting free movement of people across Europe and giving Britain more control over its borders. A similar tone has been expressed across the United States over concerns with a large number of immigrants, both legal and illegal, taking up residence in the country. How might this new attitude that some have characterized as xenophobic and isolationist affect political, economic and cultural relationships around the globe? What does it mean for movements creating multicultural societies and cross-cultural experiences?
  • Many commencement addresses exhort students to “do what you love and love what you do.” For many, their passion is their profession, while others separate their careers from their passions altogether. How will your life’s path reflect your passions?

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