New students and transfer students to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota had the opportunity to go on a New Student Retreat organized by the Office of Campus Ministry on Sept. 11 and 12.
According to Steven McGlaun, Dean of Campus Ministry, there was a great turnout at the retreat. A total of 47 students and 11 student leaders attended. McGlaun’s has been helping run the New Student Retreat for four years and believes the experience can leave quite an impact on the students who attend.
“It really is an opportunity to build community and strengthen connections to Saint Mary’s,” said McGlaun.
The students traveled to Camp Ehawee in Mindoro, Wisconsin on Friday for some time off campus. Activities that day included large group games, small group discussions, and dinner. Later in the evening, there were opportunities for the students to get to know each other and hang out while making s’mores.
Saturday began with morning prayer and breakfast. The day consisted of more games, small group discussions, and skits and stories from the student leaders. Throughout the weekend, students learned more about each other and their student leaders.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Jessica Bauer, a freshman who attended the retreat. “I know that sounds cliché, but to get to know the upperclassmen was really cool. It is great to see them on campus now and know them and be able to talk with them.”