A contingent of Carlson School undergraduate students recently attended LeaderShape, an intensive, six- day leadership development program that was held west of the Twin Cities at Camp Ihduhapi. The national program, which incorporates individual work, group work, and reflection, helps college-age youth sharpen their vision of how they would like to see positive change in their community and world.
This year's program, sponsored by Target Corp., Eaton Corp., and ADC Telecommunications, drew a total of 50 undergraduate students from the Carlson School and the University's College of Science and Engineering. It was the third year that Carlson School undergraduates have attended a LeaderShape program.
"Simply put, the experience was foundation-shaking," says Carlson School student Vall Ajgaonkar, BSB '13. "I feel as though I matured more in the six days of Leadershape than I did in the previous six months. I am now committed to being the very best version of myself. I've already started to put some of the ideas into practice by reminding myself of my dream, and remembering that I can achieve anything if I only try."
Fellow Carlson School student Jonathan Van Keulen saw Leadershape as opportunity to immerse himself in a community of leaders who had different visions and varied perspectives.
"It was inspiring and invigorating to get to know and understand all of these leaders, and to use them to better understand myself," says Van Keulen, BSB '13. "I feel like a changed person after my Leadershape experience. I have definitely found myself looking at mistakes in a much different way. Rather than looking at them as obstacles or stupid errors, I am able to say 'Fascinating!' and treat it as a new opportunity."