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FAQ

Is the Challenge Right for Me?
Yes! All BSC students in their first year can participate in this program. Whether you are actively seeking leadership positions, consciously searching for a deeper engagement in campus life, or simply curious about leadership and how to get involved on campus—the Challenge is right for you.First-Year Leadership Development

Why should I participate?
Simple: you'll gain a better understanding of yourself and your leadership strengths. You'll learn the practices of exemplary leaders and how to apply those practices to your own circumstances. Besides, it's fun!

How do I apply to the Challenge?
Complete the short online registration form, which requires at least one reference from a faculty or staff member. We'll notify you of your registration status shortly after the deadline. Click here to access the registration form.

Can I still apply?
Yes. Although the Challenge introduces themes related to the DLS program, participation in the DLS program is not a prerequisite for participation in the Challenge.

Will I receive a grade?
The Challenge isn't about grades, it's about learning, clarifying your values, supporting others, and identifying your leadership strengths. It's co-curricular because it supports the learning you do in the academic curriculum.

First-Year Leadership DevelopmentIs participation free or do I have to pay?
There are no fees for participation, other than the investment of your time and energy. All readings and resources will be provided to you as a participant.

How much of a time commitment is the Challenge?
The Challenge will meet weekly during E-Term 2013 in addition to an overnight weekend retreat. The schedule has more details.

How much outside work is required?
While there will be occasional short reading assignments to set the stage for our sessions, the Challenge is a self-contained workshop. Show up to each session well-rested and ready to learn.

What will we do during the retreat?
The retreat is a time for you to get to know your peers, spend time off-campus, and learn about the exemplary practices of leadership. In the past, the retreat has been held at Camp Winnataska, located just under an hour away from Birmingham-Southern.