Acceptance to the Honors Program here at St. Norbert College is accompanied by a lot of perks, both academic and personal. These advantages include accelerated academic coursework, leadership opportunities, and chances to both improve and extend members’ personal strengths. While these additional bonuses help with students’ coursework, it also helps to holistically educate them, making them well-rounded people. When people become well-rounded, they become versatile. This means that they know how to learn and adjust on the fly, allowing for a high level of success in whatever career course they choose.
One of the first experienced perks of the program for first-year students is the early move-in day, which takes place a day before other students move to campus. On the day of the early move-in, students also meet their Torch Leaders. Torch Leaders are other Honors students - usually sophomores - who have previously lived in Bergstrom Hall and have previously participated in these practices. With the mentors, students of the Honors Program were taken on trips around the campus and toured De Pere. First-year students meet with their respective Torch leaders once a week throughout their first semester. This helps students get questions answered that arise as they adjust to a college workload.
The tour of De Pere and our campus, the first of the activities done as a Torch group, took the new students to visit important offices on campus, several local restaurants that can be utilized by students, and, of course, the infamous Seroogy’s Chocolates. The tour was guided by a series of riddles that lead the groups from place to place throughout the afternoon. Since most people are not highly knowledgeable of the area surrounding the campus when they first arrive, it is important for newcomers to become familiar with the community.
Overall, the orientation for the Honors Program is multifaceted. Obviously, it works like other orientation-like procedures, in that it allows newcomers to adjust to the new environment, but it also differs from most others. This specific orientation allows students to discover talents to use and build throughout their schooling and connects freshmen to older students who can help them work out any questions or issues that come up along the way. These key features allow for a prosperous journey here at St. Norbert College for students who commit themselves to the missions of both the Honors Program and the college alike.