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Students encouraged to discover what matters through Student Life event series

Posted by on January 23, 2014

2013 Spring Break Volunteer Trip

Aurora University students participate in the 2013 Spring Break Volunteer Project at the Night Ministry and Care for Real Food Pantry in Chicago.

At Aurora University, a variety of campus activities and programs are helping students discover what matters to them so they may build lives around their passions. In the upcoming series, “Discover What Matters,” students will have the opportunity to do just that – think about what matters most to them.

The series consists of several events that will expose students to different ideas and experiences, encouraged to foster self-discovery. Students will have the opportunity to hear the stories of others who have experienced much of the same obstacles and circumstances as themselves, and learn how those individuals handled the hurdles in their lives.

“Each office within Student Life was charged with the task of organizing a meaningful event that would resonate with our students,” said Brandy Skierkiewicz, Director of Student Engagement. “We’re really excited about the programs and think our students will walk away with a greater understanding of who they are and where they want to go once they leave AU.”

The following events are planned for the spring 2014 semester:

How and Why to Travel the World
Presented by Andy Stoll
Tuesday, January 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium

After college Andy Stoll set off on a four-year, 40-country solo trip around the world. Andy went in search of experiences far off the beaten path to get a better understanding of how the world works. He handed out micro-loans in China, played a 19th century British soldier in a Bollywood movie, worked in a dress factory in Bangkok for 60 cents an hour, lived in a mud hut village in Zambia and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with 10 Tanzanian children.

Andy’s message to students is clear: The distance between who you are and who you want to become is closer than you think. Andy’s presentation is much more than a travel slideshow, it’s an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and often hilarious look at what it takes to find our place in the world and to achieve our biggest dreams–-whether that is to travel the world, or something a little closer to home.

Tales of Discovery
Sponsored by the Crouse Center for Student Success
Tuesday, February 18 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. | University Banquet Hall South

Students will have the opportunity to hear the stories of others and learn how they found themselves in the journey of their lives.

Tales of Diversity
Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life
Tuesday, February 25 | 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Perry Theatre

This event will feature stories of diversity reflection and discuss the process of self-discovery.

Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge Program
Sponsored by the L.E.A.D. program, Tier 4
Sunday, March 2-Friday, March 7| The Oaks Southpaw, South Bend, Ind.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge Program as an alternative spring break. Students will spend their spring break participating in different service challenges alongside the L.E.A.D program.

Career Bedtime Stories
Sponsored by Career Services
Thursday, March 20 | 10:00-11:00 p.m. | Watkins Hall Lobby

Campus professionals will share stories and experiences about their careers and lives.