First-Year Compass Retreats

Belong. Connect. Transition.

Beginning college can feel overwhelming. Compass Retreats for first-year students are a time to get away (retreat) from everything and to focus on how you are doing, where you are at and where you want to be in your life.

Maybe your first semester of college did not go exactly as you had expected. Compass Retreats offer a chance to reflect on the fall semester and explore how you can navigate things differently going forward to get the most out of your college experience.

Maybe your first semester was great. This is also a time to unplug and reflect on the next steps in your journey. As writer Anne Lamont says, "Almost everything works better if you unplug it for a few minutes - including you."

Compass Retreats are free and open to all first-year students. There are 50 spots available for each retreat option, and the deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 1.

O'Hare Academic Building

Option 1: Overnight On-Campus Retreat

Friday, Jan. 12 at noon to Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m.
Jazzman's Cafe (O'Hare Academic Building)

O'Hare Academic Building

Option 2: One-Day On-Campus Retreat

Sunday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Jazzman's Cafe (O'Hare Academic Building)

Canonicus Camp

Option 3: Overnight Off-Campus Retreat

Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.
Canonicus Camp and Conference Center, Exeter

Blithewold Mansion

Option 4: One-Day Off-Campus Retreat

Saturday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol