Student Leadership Retreats

Student Leadership RetreatThis fall, leadership retreats were held on both campuses for students enrolled in Foundations of Leadership. Forty students participated in the Twin Cities event, and 30 students participated in the Duluth event.

Both events included a variety of team-building activities and a “Shark Tank” leadership challenge during which teams of students developed proposals for potential initiatives they would implement to enhance the student experience at the college. Current Leadership Residents also presented on their personal leadership journeys.

Student Leadership Retreat GamesA couple of comments from students who participated in the retreat:

“For me, the focus of this leadership retreat was finding various ways to communicate effectively with each other as well as learning to work as a team by utilizing each member’s strengths and building off those strengths to achieve a common goal such as lowering a ‘magic stick’ to the ground. These skills were certainly helpful in the activities we participated in at the retreat, but will also follow us beyond the classroom as future pharmacists when we find ourselves on teams with fellow pharmacists or other healthcare professionals.”

Student Leadership Retreat jengaI wanted to participate in the leadership retreat because I knew it would be a great experience to work on myself and develop as a person. And it turned out to be true; I walked away with a fresh mentality. This retreat reinforced the idea that my attitude and perceptions of myself are large factors in my success and achievement, relating to personal and professional life.”

The Student Leadership Retreats were made possible by a collegiate endowment, originally established by a gift from Walmart.