On Tuesday, August 7, the Freshmen Ignatian Scholars went to Butler University for their annual retreat.

Once there, the new Scholars began their jam-packed day with a welcome and introduction to the program and what they can expect from it by Winston Miller, the Ignatian Scholars Coordinator.

After learning the story of Saint Ignatius, the Scholars were led through an activity facilitated by Brebeuf Principal, Mr. VanSlambrook, who asked the scholars to walk around the room and read various quotes regarding leadership he had posted on the walls and to stand next to their favorite quote. Scholars were asked to volunteer their thoughts and articulate what they found meaningful about their leadership quote. Immediately afterwards, Scholars listened to a current Butler student who spoke about the importance of getting involved at a new school by joining clubs and organizations.

In an effort to become more familiar with each other, Scholars then broke out into small groups and played icebreaker games where they learned interesting facts about each other that they had to memorize. At that point, the rest of the college counseling team from Brebeuf, led by Director of College Counseling, Dr. Jim Fadely, arrived and introduced themselves and made it clear they were available to answer any college-related questions the scholars may have at any time throughout their time at Brebeuf. From there, the Ignatian Scholars received a tour of Butler’s campus by two current Butler tour guides and had lunch in Butler’s main dining hall.

The day concluded with another talk by Ignatian Scholars Coordinator, Winston Miller, who discussed the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. It was a fun and productive day, and we want to thank Butler’s Admissions office for so graciously hosting the Ignatian Scholars for the day!