Emily Mauzy Vogel Retreat


Written By: Madison Hire

This fall nine students had the opportunity to attend the Emily Mauzy Vogel Retreat that Purdue puts on each year. This retreat is a weekend full of learning about your leadership skill and their strengths and weaknesses. They push you to learn how to use those best to benefit you and future teams and organizations you may work on in your future. Cole Pearson, a sophomore studying Agribusiness Management, said, "I wanted to attend because I wanted to continue my leadership development and I saw this as a nice little retreat that would help me do that."

Students also participated in obstacle courses that allowed them to improve team building and communication skills while also having fun. Morgan Churchill, a sophomore studying Commodity Marketing, said "My favorite session was the rope course session because we got to work with others with different skill sets and leadership styles to overcome obstacles and challenges as efficiently and successfully as possible."

This retreat is full of opportunities for students for learning about themselves, gaining leadership skills and leadership positions. Students have the opportunity to become facilitators after attending the retreat if they wish to do so. This also provides them with opportunities to continue to develop leadership skills and push themselves to become better teammates in the future. Chruchill said, "The EMV retreat helped me better understand and express my strengths which has been made apparent improvement in the ways I lead and work with others. By understanding my strengths and what they mean to me, I am a better leader and teammate to those around me. I also have a better understanding of myself and my actions. I am currently working towards being a facilitator for the 2020 retreat."

Molly Grotjan, a sophomore studying Agribusiness Management, said, "If given the opportunity, take the time to attend. It will be a great learning experience that helps understand your leadership style and strengths. I have already applied what I learned at the conference in my organization involvement here at Purdue."

Other Students in Attendance: Zoey Nobbe, Cassandra Claycamp, Caitie Taylor, Taylor Goss, Dylan Johnson, Jason Convey

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