What is Schmooze?
Schmooze is our pre-orientation program (POP) for incoming first-year students at Northwestern. This year, we will be hosting a virtual Schmooze event on Sunday, August 30th over Zoom.
What can I expect?
We'll start all together at 11:30am CT and from there we'll move to a variety of activities in the large group and in smaller cohorts of first year students! We'll have a one hour lunch break/screen break in the middle of our program and we'll conclude at 5:30pm CT.
*** If you sign up for Schmooze by August 19th, we'd love to send you a little package box with items to help get you prepared for Schmooze! (All food included in the package will be kosher) ***
SCHMOOZE is a chance to meet other incoming Jewish students, as well as current students, and explore Jewish life on campus through various activities!
Feel free to email with any questions or concerns!
Schmooze was something I felt nervous about going into my first year. As a freshman I didn’t know anyone, but I think it was one of the smartest decisions I made first quarter. Not only was schmooze lots of fun, but I ended up meeting some of my closest friends through Schmooze. Beyond that, by the time Wildcat Welcome started I already had a group of friendly, familiar faces around campus. In addition, I got helpful tips and info from the upperclassmen about all things Northwestern — both the Jewish and the non-Jewish. I definitely recommend doing schmooze, especially if you’re on the fence about it. It can only help you in your exciting start to Northwestern! - Jason Beeferman
Schmooze was a great opportunity to get oriented to the spirit of Northwestern. Not only did I find incredible guidance and perspective from the older students, I also was introduced to the warm and welcoming home of Hillel and its staff. Not to mention, you’ll meet members of your class who you’ll be friends with for a long, long time...whether you see them around campus, in your classes, or at Shabbat dinners! - Andrew Rowan