"The Honors Retreat was a fantastic way to meet people prior to starting my freshmen year. The group-building activities not only fostered the growth of strong friendships, but it also provided me with confidence. By the time school started, my nerves were greatly eased."
- Kristina Degirolamo '16 Parma, OH
Two Days and Nights of Fun
Before the academic year commences, the Honors Program hosts an off-campus overnight retreat for incoming first-year students. Designed to initiate new students into the Honors community, the retreat packs in exciting, team-building activities such as a climbing wall, a high ropes course, archery, and canoeing as well as book discussions, a talent show, and a workshop on the transition to college.
Begin Building Friendships Immediately
The retreat provides an opportunity for new students to start developing friendships that will last for a lifetime. Sharing this experience means that Honors students have something in common right away and can build on that foundation as their relationships develop in the coming months and years at BW.
Mentoring and the Honors Community
First year students are not the only students we take to the retreat—we also bring along a group of upperclassmen Honors peer mentors who act as leaders, friends, and advisors through the experience. These mentors will work with the first-year class beyond the retreat helping our new students adjust to college life and get engaged with our local communities.