Highlights from Point Park University's Honors Program Welcome Week Tuesday, September 18, 2018
“Welcome Week was one of the most rewarding weeks of my life. I learned so much about Pittsburgh and got to make some new friends along the way.”
Point Park University's Honors Program kicked off the academic year with its annual Welcome Week Aug. 20-24, 2018.
Welcome Week is an opportunity for freshmen and transfer students to arrive on campus one week before classes begin to meet new friends, explore campus and Downtown Pittsburgh. New students are paired with an upperclassmen mentor to help guide them through their college experience.
“Welcome Week is so crucial for new students because it is their first time experiencing college,” said Autumn Barszczowski, Honors Student Organization president and a senior public relations and advertising major. “Students get to meet like-minded people and really start to figure out what the next few years of their lives might look like.”
Highlights of the week included:
- Welcome Week dinner
- Collecting donations for Proud Haven, a local nonprofit
- Downtown Pittsburgh scavenger hunt
- City as Text presentation from the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation to learn about neighborhoods in the city
- Volunteer work with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and A Giving Heart
“I’ve been involved in community service my whole life,” said Nathan Nicklas, a sophomore cinema production major and mentor. “There’s no better feeling than being able to give back while getting to know the new students.”
“Welcome Week was one of the most rewarding weeks of my life,” said Rosalie Anthony, a freshman dance major. “I learned so much about Pittsburgh and got to make some new friends along the way.”
Reporting by Beth Turnbull, mass communication major