Get Ready for the Honors Experience!
Credits: Danielle Weissman
What is the Honors Experience?
The Honors Experience is a special overnight program designed for incoming Honors freshmen and transfer students. You'll make friends with new and current Honors students, meet faculty and staff, and learn about registering for classes. Meals are provided. Parents are invited to join their students for lunch and to remain for an information session. The next morning, freshmen and their parents will be reunited in the Campus Center for Stockton's Orientation activities. Transfer students and their parents do not have any formal scheduled activities the next morning, but they are welcome to meet with the Honors Director or other Stockton University offices.
Invitations for the 2017 Experience will be mailed in mid-May. If you are an accepted Honors student and have not received your invitation by June 1, 2017, please contact us at HonorsDirector.stockton.edu.
Please note that you MUST send in the Reservation Form and SIGNED waiver form by June 10 in order to be registered for the Honors Experience. We suggest that you scan and email them to Honors@stockton.edu. You may also fax them to 609-626-3533, or mail them to:
Attn: Lorraine O'Flaherty
"My favorite part about the Honors Experience is being able to meet fellow Honors Students and getting to learn more about them and have familiar faces to see when arriving to Stockton in the fall. The Honors Program is a family I am proud to call my own and be a part of, and I am ecstatic to welcome new honors students."
Schedule for June 25-6, 2017:
June 25, Honors Experience:
Family members are welcome to explore the campus during the afternoon, but they are requested not to arrange to meet students after 12:45. Students will have a very full schedule and generally prefer to save their news to share in the morning. Family members are invited to join their students for a special set of welcome activities during their scheduled Orientation day.
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience was the volleyball game at the end of the day. I was able to socialize without feeling nervous and make friends that I still talk to today."
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience is doing the service projects because it creates a group environment after a long day of activities and sets aside time for everyone to take a minute to get to know each other."
-- Francesca, Honors Counselor
June 26, Stockton Freshmen Orientation begins. Highlights include:
Stockton Transfer Orientation begins on Monday, June 19. Click here for the detailed schedule.
"As a freshmen, I really liked meeting fellow honors students on a personal level before the beginning of the next semester, also I got to love the ice breakers. As an Honors Counselor, I also like getting to help new students feel comfortable and engage with them so that they have familiar face when they arrive at their first day of class."
What You'll Need:
The Honors Experience is only for accepted Honors students. If you have been accepted to the Honors Program, you will receive a mailing with more inforrmation.
What to Send to the Honors Program:
Please note that the Reservation and waiver forms are due to the Honors Center by June 10, 2017. Please note that all forms must be completed, and that the waivers must be SIGNED. All forms must be returned via email, fax, or US mail.
What to Bring to the Honors Experience:
For activities and residential life:
Comfortable footwear for light exercise
Soap (none provided in dorms), hair care products, and other hygiene essentials
An extra towel (students have found the ones from Residential Life to be pretty small)
An extra blanket and pillow (the air conditioning in the dorm rooms can get pretty cold)
Sunscreen and insect repellent (you'll be glad you did)
Whatever personal items you'll need for a night away from home
An open mind
A friendly smile
Lots of questions
What do the students say?
"I really loved that everyone I met wanted to be there and was excited to meet new people. My favorite was the icebreakers (oddly enough) because they're fun and you have something to talk abot when you see that person at Welcome Week."
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience was definitely getting the opportunity to meet the people I would be living and spending the next four years with. It was comforting to show up on move in day and see some familiar faces."
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience is meeting new people. When I was on the receiving end of the experience, meeting friendly students and professors really made a difference to me. I was terrified—as anyone is when entering a new environment, especially college—and the gregarious nature of everyone I met really made me feel like I could make a home for myself at Stockton."
"My favorite part about the Honors Experience was the roommate selection and the free time. The structured events and icebreakers enable students to loosen up and get more comfortable around each other. During free time, they can use that newfound comfort to approach others and strike up a conversation. The roommate selection process is a prime example of that; it takes place right after Irish Dancing and a student who was shy at the start of the day will likely be more open to talk to others after that experience. Free time is also when you can really talk to people and make some new friends. I bonded the most with others when we had a little bit of time to sit, talk, and get to know each other."
"My absolute favorite part was meeting my roommate during the roommate selection process and getting to watch Whose Line Is It Anyway later that day. All in all, I really enjoyed the Honors Experience and it definitely made me more excited to come to Stockton and be a part of the Honors community."
"My favorite was the icebreakers/ free time because I’m able to meet my future classmates and realize that I’m not the only one who is nervous about going to college. It gave me a chance to break out of my shell and become more comfortable with a new environment."
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience was being able to meet my best friends before I even knew anything about them. I met future classmates, neighbors, roommates, and started off freshman year knowing many more people than just those from my high school!"
-- Sean, Honors Counselor
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience is getting to meet the incoming freshmen and show them the awesome opportunities that the Honors Program and Stockton have to offer. "
-- Alex, Honors Counselor