From February 23-25, the class of 2020 “Set Their Sights” as they experienced Freshman Retreat. The retreat was intended to fully welcome freshman into the Rockhurst community and show them what it means to be a Hawklet.
“Going in, I just expected to get to know my classmates,” freshman Henry Ismert said. “It lived up to my expectations, as it was a very enhancing experience.”
For Henry, the retreat was a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of life at Rockhurst, and get closer to his class. “I feel it positively affected the freshman class by taking us away from our lives and technology for a while.”
For the upperclassmen leaders, the retreat was about helping freshmen find their place at the Rock. “My expectations going into the retreat were to help the freshman get more comfortable in the school and find new friends,” said junior Joseph Constanzo. “Also, I wanted them to be more aware of where they might find their place.”
Joseph expected to see the class grow together, and over the weekend, it did just that. “It lived up to my expectations because I saw the freshmen have a good time and grow closer.”
As the freshman class moves on from their retreat, it seems they will do so as a stronger, better class. “It was a positive force in the freshman class,” said Costanzo. “They really bonded and learned how to work together.
While the Freshman Retreat is not a particularly lengthy experience, it can have a transformative effect on the lives of those involved. Hopefully, the Class of 2020 will learn to work together and foster a community of brotherhood.