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Sophomore Summit: Forge Your Future

Sophomore Summit is a program first piloted in the 2018-2019 school year, and expanding in the year to come! Sophomores are invited to return to campus on the Friday before classes begin in January (January 17, 2020). The summit launches with dinner and a keynote speaker on Friday night, then continues with a range of exciting workshops all day Saturday and concludes with a dinner at the Marriott Courtyard in the evening.

The Sophomore Summit is a unique sophomore-only experience that will allow participating students to:

  • Critically examine your leadership identity
  • Develop the skills of narrating your academic life and academic choices
  • Use your varied experiences to inform your future decision making 
  • Interact and spend time with your sophomore classmates
  • Increase your connections within the Walla Walla community

This program is sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the Student Engagement Center.

Registration is open for Sophomore Summit 2020! Please click here to fill our the registration form. After registering, you will receive additional information in the month prior to the summit. Please plan to arrive on campus by 4pm, Friday, January 17, 2020.

Friday, January 17th, 2020

3 -  5 p.m Participant check-in and pick-up Summit materials 
5:30 -  7:30 p.m Opening Dinner with Keynote
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Evening Learning Session

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own in Cleveland Commons (meal plan can be used)
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session 1
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 2
12 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch on your own in Cleveland Commons (meal plan can be used)
1 - 2 p.m. Breakout Session 3
2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session 4
3:45 -  4:15 p.m. Closing Group Activity
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Prepare for dinner/Headshots in Reid
5:15 p.m. Shuttle to Courtyard Marriott for dinner
5:30 -  8 p.m. Networking, Etiquette Dinner, and Closing
8 p.m. Return to campus

Q: Who can participate?
A: Any sophomore student at Whitman is eligible to participate in the Sophomore Summit!

Q: When do I need to be back on campus?
A: The Friday before classes begin in January, no later than 4 p.m.

Q: When is the last day to register for the summit?
A; TBD

Q: Where will I stay/sleep?
A: You will be able to move into your regular on-campus residence hall room.

Q: Do I have to pay for the summit?
A: This program is FREE for students!

Q: What do I get out of it? / Why should I participate?
A: The Sophomore Summit is a unique sophomore-only experience that will allow participating students to:

  • Critically examine your leadership identity
  • Develop the skills of narrating your academic life and academic choices
  • Use your varied experiences to inform your future decision making 
  • Interact and spend time with your sophomore classmates
  • Increase your connections within the Walla Walla community

Q: What else do I need to know?
A: After you register, you will receive an additional form with more details.  Please fill it out so we can gather some additional information for planning purposes.

Q: I have more questions, who should I contact?
A: We'd love to talk more with you! Please feel free to reach out to any of us