Community is at the heart of the Scholars experience. We lay the foundation for students’ time with Scholars and on campus through a series of annual traditions during their first week as college students. Building strong relationships, serving the greater community and learning about ways to get involved in and out of the classroom are all essential building blocks for a strong community—as well as a successful transition to college.
College Park Scholars has been coordinating an annual theme for each of the past few years. It’s a chance for students across our community to come together to engage in a shared intellectual experience. Whether it’s trash—our theme from the 2015–2016 academic year—power or something else, we take on a complex, multifaceted problem, work to understand its causes and impacts, and discuss how we might address it with thoughtfulness and creativity.