It's an amazing family to have while away at school.” ~ Hannah Overbey Peer mentor groups are groups within the Honors College, usually consisting of around 2 - 3 sophomore "mentors" and 5 - 6 freshman "peers." The Peer Mentor Program is intended to help the new incoming freshmen acclimate to the college’s academic and social life.
Freshmen sometimes struggle through their first weeks or months at college as they adjust to the very different academic and social world of college.
Peer mentors are trusted and effective because they have been there, done that.
Peer mentor groups typically address, formally or informally, aspects of the college experience that lie outside (but often overlap) those academic areas where college faculty are most knowledgeable.
The on-campus interview is required for any student who desires to be a part of the Honors College program.
For those individuals who live a great distance from PSU or who might have conflicts with making the trip to campus, a SKYPE room will be set up in order to conduct the interview. It will be the applicant’s responsibility to have the necessary computer technology in their possession to facilitate the interview.There is also an information session for parents to attend. For Honors College students living on campus, there is the opportunity to live with other members of the Honors College within a, Living-Learning Community formed in the dorms.In the evening, everyone meets back up for the Freshman Honors College Dinner, where parents are invited to join for the special event. By placing Honors College students in rooms right next to each other, they may find it easier to make friends with their fellow members, and even take advantage of their placement to form study groups.“Having the chance to live in the Living-Learning Community is such an amazing part of the Honors College.Once the points are collected from each Interview Panel Member, an average will be calculated and these points added to the original 100 points.A line will be drawn at the top 30 applicants and those are the students who will be invited to the Honors College.Students may feel lost on campus, the diversity of student social life may pull them in many directions, faculty may seem intimidating, and course demands may feel overwhelming.Students often feel that no one – not their advisors, their faculty, or even their parents – can offer them insights into the current realities of college life as well as other students can.Members of the Honors College have many opportunities to make great new friends and lay a solid foundation for their success. S., students gain valuable insights about college life through small-group activities, meet with an academic advisor to plan their fall semester, and complete university enrollment procedures."Walking into the Honors College Overnight, I had no clue what to expect, but it turned out to be an exciting learning experience.It all begins with the Honors College Overnight Orientation experience. There was food, plenty of friendly people, never a dull moment, and the talent showcase gave us all a good laugh and a unique way to get to know others.The remaining 12 students will be kept in a holding pool and moved up should someone in the top 30 not accept their invitation. The committee will do a preliminary screening of all applicants and the top 42 will be invited to campus to participate in the interview process.These invitations will be extended the week of February 3rd if not before.