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Testimonials & Assessment

Here is a sampling of what previous participants have said about Start the Fire retreats:

LEAD Participant:

"I liked meeting new people and having made those connections before welcome week started. I really liked all of the activities. Usually ice breakers are not that fun but I played some I had never done before. We had a lot of free time to get to know everyone. The retreat was much different than I expected, but also much better."

Backpacking Challenge Participant:

"It was a great way to get out of the city and spend some time getting to know how to live without cell phones and how to survive out in the backcountry. It was also a great way to meet new friends."

First-Year Commuter Retreat Participant:

"This retreat made me feel a lot more comfortable about being a commuter student and I would definitely recommend it."

Community Service Participant:

"I liked how we were able to get acquainted with the Rogers Park/Edgewater community by touring, serving, and eating food from the various cultures. I also liked how the days were filled with activities, and that each of the service sites were vastly different and had tasks for 20-25 people. As an added bonus, the retreat allowed me to make a group of friends, know the campus and faculty/staff better, and reflect upon the role service plays in my life."

Kayak Challenge Participant:

"I really loved this retreat! It was good to meet new people. I improved on my old leadership skills and learned new ones. These are going to be so helpful throughout college and life."

LEAD Participant:

"I absolutely loved this retreat. I have done many leadership events before in and out of school. This one did a really good job of letting myself and the rest of the group explore their own part in leadership and then put it in action." 

First-Year Commuter Retreat Participant:

"I liked getting to know other people in the same boat as me and being able to talk with the upperclass student leaders that have already been through the system and know the tough points and how to get around them."

Assessment Results
98% of respondents indicated they “probably will” (36%) or “definitely will” (62%) engage in leaderships and other engagement opportunities on campus as a result of participating in the Pre-Fall Retreats.
When asked, “to what extent did the Pre-Welcome Week Retreats help you develop meaningful relationships with peers?” 90% of respondents indicated “considerably (24%) or “A great deal” (66%).
When asked, “to what extent did the Pre-Fall Retreats help you feel more comfortable with your transition to Loyola University Chicago?” 92% of respondents indicated “considerably” (12%) or “A great deal” (80%).
When asked, “to what extent did the Pre-Welcome Week Retreats help you develop meaningful relationships with staff at Loyola University Chicago?” 90% of respondents indicated “considerably” (18%) or “A great deal” (72%).
When asked, “to what extent did the Pre-Welcome Week Retreats help you develop meaningful relationships with student leaders at Loyola?” 92% of respondents indicated “considerably” (22%) or “A great deal” (70%).
When asked, “to what extent did the Pre-Fall Retreats help you gain knowledge and skills to further develop your self-awareness?” 100% of respondents indicated “considerably” (28%) or “A great deal” (72%).
When asked, “to what extent did the Pre-Fall Retreats help you feel more connected to Loyola University Chicago?” 98% of respondents indicated “considerably” (22%) or “A great deal” (76%).

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