Appy Hours

Appy Hours are a series of student—and faculty—lead fun activities that help students get to know and work with one another. The activities also help increase critical skills, such as active listening and organization, that not only benefit students while in college but for a lifetime.

Recent Appy Hours have included:

Two Truths and a Lie is a fun way for students to learn about each other while trying to determine which fun fact is not true. Designed as a game, students keep a tally of their responses.

Active Listening is designed to provide students a lesson on being attentive and present while listening to someone speak whether it is as a get to know you activity or in a classroom setting.

Cartoon Captions is inspired by the New Yorker publication where individuals submit a written caption for a posted illustration. Students work in groups of three or four and create clever captions for their assigned cartoon. Then as a group, using the polling function in Zoom, vote on the best caption. It was also a segue into an informative mini lecture of publishing opportunities that our GSD students can take advantage.

Show & Tell is inspired by a quote by author Daniel Handler, "Whenever you are examining someone else's belongings, you are bound to learn many interesting things about the person of [whom] you were not previously aware." In line with Handler's thinking, the students quickly select an item of personal significance and share it with the group, resulting in students building sound connections.

College Survival is a lesson on learning about priorities (theirs and other's), using a planner, and maintaining an organizational system. It is designed as a game to imagine they had their move to campus day mixed up, and they are leaving for Duquesne University in 15 minutes! They can only take five items with them; what would they be, and why/how would they use them to survive college?

I Spy Hidden Talent is our finale and two activities in one. I Spy is played to keep students aware of what others can view in their Zoom shot, and the Hidden Talent is a talent show that is another way to showcase themselves and build connections. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the talent show to support and learn from each other.