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First Year Students Participate in Leadership Retreat

Written by Meredith Clarke

Geese flying behind a leader

Very often, February 14 is reserved for watching cheesy romantic movies and eating embarrassing amounts of chocolate, but this past Valentine’s Day, 40 first-year students ditched tradition and spent the weekend at a leadership retreat at Casowasco Camp in Moravia, New York. Over the course of two days, the students participated in seminar-style workshops and group activities to develop conflict resolution abilities and understand the dynamics of group relations. Participants were ultimately to bring their skills back to Ithaca College to create a network for change on campus.

Much of the retreat was focused on personal discovery.

“In order to be a good leader, you have to know about yourself first,” said Samantha Stafford, leadership programs coordinator.

Samantha Brown ’18 found the focus on individual development helpful. “I will be more willing to take on challenges that are outside of my comfort zone and do so confidently, knowing that I can accomplish many great things if I simply stay true to my beliefs and passions.”



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