Student Life holds training sessions for the chairpersons and representatives of the Clubs and Societies
To give a professional boost to the co-curricular activities of the new academic year, Student Life held a two-day training workshop for the chairpersons and representatives of the university clubs and societies.
On Friday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m., 22 students gathered in the Student Lounge for the opening session of the first workshop of the year.
Mr. Dakessian, Director of Student Life, underlined some core aspects of Student Life, stressing the conscious choice students are challenged to make regarding their free time and energy on campus. He noted that Student Life helped students to channel their energy towards positive and constructive issues, like lighting a candle rather than tearing up paper or wasting it.
Then Student Resources Coordinator, Ms. Peggy Bedoyan, held a session entitled "Leadership Skills & Emotional Intelligence 101". She discussed some practical tools that students could use to advance their leadership skills. This interactive session was the first of many steps to come which will help active students on campus develop their leadership skills.
At 6:00 the students headed for Kechag, the camping venue of the Armenian Evangelical community, which is a 20-minute driving away.
After everyone settled down, Assistant Director of Student Life, Mr. Alan Kairouz, called in the students for a 2-hour group discussion on difficulties the clubs/teams/societies are facing and possible solutions to these problems. After dinner students participated in a number of games which highlighted team work and mutual support, strengthening the bonds between them.
For the rest of the night, the students sat under the bright moon, talked, discussed, played and enjoyed their fellowship. Some even stayed awake till morning.
After the breakfast in the morning the students shared their Haigazian experience with each other. Some admitted how much they had changed and improved since their early days at HU, grasping the opportunity to join clubs, overcoming certain difficulties, and enhancing their social and communicative skills.