Finding the Information you Need! – Schreyer College Website – By Tracy Riegel

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter will be graduating in May 2017!  It seems like yesterday when my husband and I were dropping her off at Atherton Hall for SHOTIME.  Meghan is luckier than most Schreyer Scholars though, she got to stay for a 5th year through the Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program and got to put off writing her thesis for at least a year!  Now it’s crunch time.  She assures me that she has everything under control; that she has selected and submitted her topic, met with her mentor/thesis sponsor, is working on research and gathering data and is in good shape to submit and defend her thesis with time to spare.  As her mother, I am pretty nervous about this whole process-is she just saying this to make me feel better so I won’t bug her?!?  Well, just so I won’t stress about it (apparently she isn’t!), I decided to go to the source: the Schreyer Honors College website to make sure she was on track.  Needless to say, I was not disappointed. By navigating to the Parents & Families page (on your computer, it’s at the very top of the page; on your smartphone, click on the arrow in the upper right corner for the menu), I clicked on “Preparing for Graduation”, then “Honors Thesis” which brought me to the page detailing the due dates for the mandatory thesis format review and for her Thesis ( April 10, 2017).  It took me about 30 seconds to get the information I wanted.

I hope you have taken some time to browse the site.  There is a lot of information not only for students, but for parents as well ( I guess if you are reading this, you found our blog page! That was easy, right?).  Did you know that you can submit questions through “Ask a Parent” and a member of the SHC Parent Council will respond?  Would you be interested in the SHC Parent Newsletter?  You can sign up to receive it and read past issues.  Would you like to get involved? Email us at Need a hotel room for a weekend visit? Click on “Lodging and Dining” under “Resources”.  Want to know the statistics of the 2016 incoming class? It’s right there under Resources, “2016 Incoming Class Statistics”.  Is there something you want to know but isn’t on the website?  Click on “Contact Us” at the very bottom of the page at  Want to know more about the staff,  make an appointment or schedule a visit?  It’s all here and can be accomplished in 2-3 clicks.

Another time saving feature: has embedded links to other areas of the University, such as the Penn State Parents Program, Academic Calendars, Parking and Directions, which is sometimes easier than going to the main PSU site.

I also like the extensive list of resources under “Current Students”.  This is a great place for parents to visit to get an understanding of Personal Resources, Communication, Student Programs, Study Abroad, Honors Courses and the all-important Career Services.   This section has been helpful to me to see and gain an understanding of the opportunities and services available to my daughter, who may or may not know about them.

Life is complicated, a website shouldn’t be!  Check out what’s happening at Schreyer Honors College at!

Tracy Riegel

Parent of Scholars Meghan, ’17 and Carolyn, ’19

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