Welcome First-Year Students Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME)
Three days and 300 new friends add up to a great start in the Schreyer Honors College.
During SHO TIME — Schreyer Honors Orientation — you will learn what it takes to succeed in the Schreyer Honors College while finding your way around campus and getting acquainted with new and returning Scholars. We pack plenty of information, fun and activities into your first three days at Penn State and still give you time to unpack and make yourself at home.New Student Orientation (NSO) Arrival Information
We have a full slate of activities for incoming Scholars (and a few for their families) to get you off to a great start in the Schreyer Honors College.
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Move-In and Arrival
Welcome to Schreyer! Orientation Mentors, Scholar Assistants (SAs), Resident Assistants (RAs) and Schreyer Honors College staff will greet you and your family, address any questions you may have, and help you find your way on your first day on campus.Parents & Families Welcome
3:00 PM A Special Time to "Let Go"
Get ready to send your student off to an amazing three-day orientation. Take time to say your good-byes and to share a hug or two! Orientation Mentors will begin directing new Scholars to VIP seating in the front of the auditorium at 3:15 PM. Special seating for parents and families is reserved as well.Parents & Families Welcome
3:30 PM Dean's Welcome
Welcome to SHO TIME: Discovering Your Path! Join Dean Johnson and Schreyer Honors College staff to learn more about the mission, vision and values of the College. Watch the excitement build as the 2019 Orientation Mentors whisk new Scholars off for a traditional class photo, engaging welcome activities, and an entertaining Blue-White dinner in Redifer Dining Hall.Parents & Families Welcome
4:15 PM SHO TIME for Parents and Families: What Next?
Congratulations to all proud parents and families of new Scholars! Let’s talk about what’s next for parents and families of a new Schreyer Scholar. The Dean, Associate Deans, Scholar Program Assistants, and Orientation Team Leaders will share valuable resources and ways parents and families can support student success in Schreyer.Parents & Families Only
4:15 PM Get in the Picture
Join SHO TIME Orientation Mentors for this decade tradition on the Monumental Stairs in the Hetzel Student Union Building (HUB) — a place where students can study, dine, and gather with friends.
5:45 PM Bon Appetit!
Enjoy the first of many meals in Redifer Dining Hall just minutes from Honors Housing. Enjoy a variety of dining choices at the savory Southside Buffet or delicious à la carte options as you get to know your fellow classmates.
7:30 PM First Night (Playfair)
Join fellow Scholars and the SHO TIME Mentors for an exciting late-night team activity in one of the newest gymnasiums on campus. Be a part of a 300-person selfie, meet your first “College Buddy,” and enjoy friendly competitions with new friends.
8:00 AM Rise and Shine Breakfast
Welcome to Day Two of SHO TIME! Start your day by getting to know members of the Schreyer Honors College staff. On your way to the buffet, feel free to ask them questions or share a story or two about your hometown! WE ARE…
9:30 AM Student Leaders' Welcome
Student Council members and Scholar Assistants kick off this session with an introduction to the Schreyer community. What does it mean to be a Schreyer Scholar on campus?
10:00 AM Navigating Your Academic Success with Honors
Learn how to succeed with honors in the classroom with integrity. Hear from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, faculty, staff, and Academic Success Coaches of the Schreyer Honors College about academic expectations, advising resources, and ways students can overcome academic challenges to achieve success.
11:00 AM Mission Possible: Why Service and Sustainability
This 45-minute interactive program led by faculty experts and committed volunteers will define the impact of serving as a leader outside the classroom and discuss ways that new Scholars can have an impact in shaping an inclusive and welcoming living-learning community.
12:30 PM Special "Pack and Go" Meal with Mentors
Pick-up your favorite foods at Redifer Dining Hall and continue conversations with staff and Orientation Mentors about life as a Scholar. The menu includes a variety of options prepared just for you.
2:00 PM Global Dialogues
Join Schreyer Honors College’s Coordinator of International Programs and current Schreyer Scholars to hear about the impact studying abroad can have in shaping your honors education and why it matters.
3:00 PM Finding Your Path
Take a hike around campus with your Orientation Mentors and get a jumpstart in finding your classrooms, the library, museums, and popular study and relaxation spaces.
5:30 PM "Dinner Among the Stars" Engagement Fair
Enjoy a variety of dinner options from the many buffets in Redifer Commons. Your Orientation Mentors transform this space to showcase student organizations, clubs, and interest groups. Ask questions and learn more about out-of-classroom programming then sign-up for one or two groups that interest you the most.
8:30 PM The One and Only Brain Show
A SHO TIME tradition and trivia game as you have never seen before on stage. Get ready to form a team, answer questions correctly, and be prepared for an evening of laughter and fun.
8:00 AM Rise and Shine Breakfast
Welcome to Day Three of SHO TIME!
9:30 AM Shaping Your Future
Join the Director of Career Development who will facilitate a conversation with new Scholars and current Scholars about how internships, fellowships, and grants can shape your future as a Schreyer Scholar.
10:00 AM "World in Conversation" Dialogues: Session 1
All new Scholars and Orientation Mentors will gather as a large group for a brainteaser activity before breaking into smaller groups that will feature lively and interactive discussions to help prepare you for classroom discussions, lectures, and meaningful one-on-one conversations with faculty, staff, and your peers.
12:30 PM Lunch
Enjoy talking with classmates in your mentoring groups from different academic backgrounds while enjoying an open buffet of salads, entrees, and desserts.
2:00 PM "World in Conversations" Dialogues: Session 2
A continuation of the earlier session with new small group activities.
3:30 PM Your Debut!
Get ready to be a star in a special video production filmed by Schreyer Scholars to capture Schreyer Scholars in action during SHO TIME. Watch for this special production to be previewed at the first Simmons Atherton Social in September!
5:00 PM Class of 2023 Dinner and Project 2023: "Hello Future Self"
Arrive on time to complete Project 2023—a letter to your future self. This special Schreyer Honors College tradition results in laughter and tears when students read their letters four years later on thesis day! The letters are confidential and returned in a sealed envelope when before you graduate.
8:00 PM SHO TIME Finale
Congratulations! You have completed your three-day orientation and your final orientation event will leave you in awe as Scholars showcase a wide range of amazing talent in one of the newest buildings on campus. Your Orientation Team Leaders and Orientation Mentors will host this one-of-a-kind show planned to celebrate your arrival on campus. The evening includes special guests, music, and so much more.
Let Scholars Be Your Guide Orientation Mentors
From the moment you arrive on campus, you'll be greeted, taught, encouraged, and led by nearly 100 returning Scholars, who have spent months preparing to be your SHO TIME Orientation Mentors. They're excited to share with you what they've learned during their time at Penn State and in the Honors College.