Application Essay Questions

We have just decided on the essay questions for this year’s application. We like to make them available so folks can have time to think about them so they are posted below and are on our website. The actual application will not be available until September 2 and is online, simply indicate on the main Penn State application that you wish to apply to the Schreyer Honors College as well. So, here you go! Drum roll please….

1) You’re given the power, for one day, to be an invisible observer at an historic event. Although you will not be able to change the course or the outcome of the event, you will be able to bring back to the present all the insights you gain. Explain which historic event you would most like to witness, and why you think being an observer at that event would help you make an important contribution to the future.

2) Recent medical advances have included new techniques that help scientists learn more about how genes work and how they may be linked to disease. This has led to expanded availability of genetic testing and recent legislation in the US Congress: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?tab=main&bill=h110-493. If you could be tested to determine the likelihood of developing life-threatening diseases in your lifetime, would you choose to do so? Why or why not?

3) The country will see a new president elected this year, with “change” the dominant theme from both candidates for the nation’s top office. Regardless of your political preferences, what one change would you recommend to our next president, if you had a one-on-one audience with him shortly after his election?