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Shape Sophomore Retreat

The Shape Sophomore Retreat is a two day leadership retreat that takes place in the fall semester at an off-campus location for students to take some time away from Walsh. The retreat is designed to launch students in to the next 3 years of their college experience. It has been determined that a student's sophomore year can be one of the most difficult for a couple reasons; the excitement of freshman year is over and a realization of what is ahead occurs.

These reasons cause some students to fall into what is known as the "Sophomore Slump." This retreat provides students with all the resources to avoid that slump and make the most out of their Sophomore year through enhancing their leadership potential.Join us for a fun and engaging weekend to prepare you to enjoy your Walsh experience to fullest!

Retreat leaders are chosen through an anonymous application process that takes place at the beginning of the fall semester of the academic year. Core team members should show dedication, character, guidance and integrity. The leadership team usually consists of 6-8 Walsh University upperclassmen. Once the team leaders are chosen, they will work together to help design and plan activities to be implemented throughout the Shape retreat weekend. Each team member brings a unique asset to the group and should be comfortable with themselves to make the retreat a success for the participants.

Goals and Objectives

  • Students will learn strengths and weaknesses about themselves and others
  • Students will learn personal leadership styles and values associated with their style
  • Students will develop critical life skills (such as, self-sufficiency, taking charge, and stepping out of their comfort zone)
  • Students will establish future leadership goals (Walsh, career, life, etc.)
  • Students will strengthen old friendships and create new bonds (at least one new friend)

If you are interested in becoming a retreat leader, be on the lookout for application information at the beginning of the Fall semester.