To help kick off a new year of CRJ’s Keys for Success Program – an initiative that pairs new students with student mentors to address everything from study skills to networking – the center sponsored a weekend retreat to Camp Taconic in the Berkshires. Six student coaches – all alumni from last year’s program – joined 14 student fellows at the “Cydney Fields Leadership
Retreat,” named in honor of an ENC student and Keys to Success alumna who passed away unexpectedly shortly before the start of the school year.
“The goals of the retreat were to provide the coaches with leadership development opportunities, and to enable both coaches and students to bond and develop a personal sense of success and achievement,” said CRJ Director Laurie Giles. “Judging from the papers written by students after the retreat,
it turned out to be so much more.”
Several students noted how the retreat not only enabled them to bond with fellow participants, but also afforded them an opportunity to connect more deeply with their faith.
“Through this retreat, I was able to come to terms with what God is doing in me,” one student wrote, “and also to allow him to work through me to touch the lives of others…and allow my life to be touched by them as well.”
Other retreat participants said the experience helped them work on their mentoring skills, while some said they simply appreciated the opportunity to address such issues in a peaceful setting.
“Being involved in a fast-paced college life, I personally tend to lose myself in the hustle and bustle, which conflicts with my own vision and goals that I have set for myself,” a student wrote. “Throughout this experience, I reflected on how to better myself as both an aspiring Biology student and a leader on and off campus.”