Students reflect, unplug, retreat Reply

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Left: Students stayed overnight at the United Parish of Auburndale and baked bread which was donated to the Salvation Army. Right: Senior Cristobal Martinez fills his peers bags with affirmations, another activity that all students took part in.  (Photos courtesy of Trish Moran)

Top: Senior Cristobal Martinez fills his peers’ bags with affirmations. Bottom: Students stayed overnight at the United Parish of Auburndale and baked bread which was donated to the Salvation Army. (Photos courtesy of Trish Moran)

By Shapleigh Webster1851 Staff

Do you think you could go a whole weekend without knowing what time it was, or checking your phone? On a recent weekend a handful of Lasell College students did just that.

 

The second annual “What Would You Get Done If You Didn’t Know What Time It Was” retreat was held in the basement of the United Parish of Auburndale. Students spent the time getting away from the pressures and stress of campus life by playing “energizers” or bonding games, baking bread for the Salvation Army, and making a “spider web” of good thoughts about each other.

Organized by sophomore Briana Wrubleski and junior Deirdre Duddy-Kennedy, the retreat has been running since last summer. Wrubleski was an attendee last year and had such a great experience that she wanted to be personally involved this year. “We had close to 35 students. I didn’t really know what to expect because it’s mostly a word of mouth kind of thing,” said Wrubleski.

“It’s so hard to explain,” said Duddy-Kennedy. “But once you go you’re like ‘Oh my gosh, this is awesome.’”

The group, including 10 leaders, spent two nights and two days in the church, learning about each other, having dance-offs, and making relationships with people that they might have not otherwise. They played games to reflect on their time on campus and their internal selves. “One girl said she felt all her strongest emotions in a 24 hour period,” said Wrubleski. “That was really cool to hear.”

As for phones, no one really seemed to have an issue. “It’s only really weird at first,” said Duddy-Kennedy. “And when you’re going to bed, the activities you’re doing just takes your mind off of them. It’s a relaxing time.”

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