Coming up on it’s third summer, NEST has been undergoing some changes from it’s previous years. While the focus of the week will still be on our core values of service, leadership, and social justice, the students will not be asked to pick a specific track. Rather, the 70 participating students will now have the opportunity to take part in each activity throughout the week. Some activities include traveling to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. to discuss social justice, tubing down the Rappahannock River, and participating in service activities on the UMW campus and in our community as a whole group. This allows for the students to create a lasting bond that they will carry into their years as a UMW Eagle.
Upon admission into the program, the student will be placed into a small group of about seven other new students. Each of these groups will be paired with a Student Leader. Our 10 Student Leaders are all previous NEST participants and have undergone training on facilitation and peer mentoring techniques during the spring semester in order to best serve the new students. They all come with a unique perspective on our institution and our community that they are very excited to share!
Our four Student Coordinators have been hard at work all semester planning all of the logistics for the week. They have been busy making sure everyone has a fantastic experience and the opportunity to learn something new about themselves, their peers, and their new UMW community through many fun and informative programs and trips.
Participation in NEST cost $300 and includes room/board and all activities. Registration opens Thursday, May 1st.
Click here to read about NEST 2013.