Earlier this month, First Ascent Scholars embarked their annual Junior Leadership Retreat to Midway, Utah.

With a focus on career strategy, students heard from faculty and staff from Business Career Services and the Office for Student Inclusion on topics including networking, effective relationship building, mental health, self-care, and imposter syndrome. Presentations were paired with a variety of team-building activities that addressed common barriers such as fear and personal doubt and built resiliency through self-reflection and mindfulness practices.

The retreat also allowed students to reconnect with their peers and served as a reminder that they have a support system during their university experience.

“It was great getting to spend the weekend with everyone again because we are all so busy,” reflected scholar Jolly Kurungi. “I had fun and always look forward to the retreats!”

The First Ascent Scholars Program cultivates, encourages, and enables academically focused students with significant financial need to attend the Eccles School and connect with the University of Utah, local, and global community while reaching their full academic potential. For more information, visit Eccles.Link/first-ascent.

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