On their second day on campus, Nichols College first-year students jumped right into developing their leadership and team-building skills through interactive activities that included a team maze activity, a poetry slam, relay races, and a smoothie making and product pitching station.
At the Wicked Smoothie station, teams created an original smoothie and presented a marketing plan that incorporated social media. While students earned prizes for their winning efforts in these team-building activities, the ultimate award for the Wicked Smoothie station winners was recognition: Their smoothie was featured in the dining hall during the first week of school.
“These team building stations were designed to give students a glimpse into the skills and content areas they will develop in their first year at Nichols College: leadership, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills,” says Nick Barnes, coordinator of the event. “We planned a robust set of exercises to give our newest students a common experience upon which all of the professors and students could draw. They worked hard, and we saw many future leaders and thinkers rise to the challenges.”
At the Wham Bam Poetry Slam, the focus was on developing “new solutions to old problems.” P.J. Boggio, Dean of Students, encouraged students to “think creatively and use the skills they will need as they become entrepreneurs and successful business professionals.”
Student teams further enhanced their problem solving and collaboration skills through a relay race which required strength, speed, and coordination skills.
“The events encouraged us to think on our feet and develop our communication skills,” says Matthew Stinchfield ’18. “These skills are important for every major and relate to all parts of our lives.”