During the Hmong Women’s Circle, ConnectZ Girl Scouts explored personal identity and college life at an engaging overnight at Hamline University. Nearly 40 Girl Scouts attended the event on March 4-5, 2016, hosted by the Hmong Student Association at Hamline.
The two-day retreat consisted of small group discussions, team-building exercises, and reflection activities. As part of one identity discussion, MayKao Hang, President and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, and 2016 Women of Distinction Honoree, spoke to Girl Scouts about her own experiences. She shared her personal journey growing up and offered great advice about self-discovery and managing multiple roles.
In addition to cultural identity work, girls got a feel for life on a college campus with a tour of Hamline. They learned from current university students about what college is really like – Hamline, Concordia, and St. Catherine students held a discussion panel and hosted workshops about identity, goal setting, and leadership on campus.
For many Girl Scouts, this experience was eye opening because it helped them to visualize themselves attending college in the future. As one high school junior explained, “After seeing Hamline, I am more interested in a smaller campus.” Equipped with tools from the retreat, these Girl Scouts are excited about what’s in store for the future.
We’d like to give a special thank you to all of the students, volunteers, and staff who helped out during the event – they made the weekend a success by sharing their experiences and energy!