What do past participants have to say about Connect 4?
“I can’t say enough about how great my experience was. I learned more about myself in four days than I did in four years of high school. I also learned a lot about my peers, my university, and even common parts of the human experience all because of the willingness to be vulnerable of the participants and leaders, which I still can scarcely believe.”
“It was an eye-opening experience for me that really challenged me to take a look at who I was, who I am, and who I want to become.”
“This program really helped me learn how to get to know a person and build friendships in college.”
“It focused on so many important topics that are avoided in discussion within our culture.”
“I love our Connect 4 Pre-O. It is my most treasured memory. The time I spent in August was one of my happiest memories.”
“This retreat was so amazing that I wish it could have gone on for longer.”
What’s all the enthusiasm about?
Connect 4 is a program where students explore together their own values and discover how to better live those out on a daily basis in college and beyond, finding the tools and the courage to take off the masks, get past the small talk, let go of fear, and give fullest expression to who and what they most deeply want to be about. Connect 4 helps students to build deep connections that will last the next four years of college and beyond and to discover how to find those meaningful relationships more often in everyday life outside of the Pre-O as well.
What will we do?
Connect 4 provides a great mix of personal talks from leaders, small group conversations, individual reflection, group activities, games, and time in nature at the gorgeous campground. We’ll explore topics such as love, vulnerability, suffering, personality types, busyness, solitude, religion, and self-compassion. There is a little swimming, ropes course, climbing wall, bonfire, and other fun and games too! In a retreat-like setting, it’s in the beautiful confines of Camp Wyman that you’ll lay the foundation for the rest of your time in college, discovering a great, safe space with 30 other new friends to explore what holds us back from forging those meaningful connections more often in our daily lives and being our best and most authentic selves.
Brought to you by the Catholic Student Union student group, Connect 4 is an interfaith program organized by, open to, and absolutely loved by both religious and non-religious students alike! You definitely don’t have to be of the Catholic faith to enjoy this opportunity, discover so much about yourself, and find deep and meaningful connections with great new friends!
If you’re ready for honest conversation about the real stuff of life that we all deal with and if you’re ready to be challenged and inspired by your peers to be your very best these next four years and beyond, sign up for Connect 4.