Sprint: For Personal Development of Ambitious Young Women – OurWarwick

Sprint: For Personal Development of Ambitious Young Women

Hello young female undergraduates with a drive to succeed! This is a post for you my darlings, so grab that much needed coffee and settle down to hear about one of the best opportunities on campus: Sprint Programme. Before I start, let me tell you that I haven’t been asked to write about this programme. I am doing so solely because I can hand on my heart say that the three day long course, plus the fourth follow up day, were some of the best days of my life. So, what is the Sprint Programme? No, it’s not something sporty, but one might consider it challenging. Indeed, it is not for the feint hearted, but it is for those who have a heart. Okay, enough with the mystery: the Sprint Programme is a mini course designed for young female undergraduates in order to develop them into the women of the future. At the start of the course, one is given a folder which is used refer to throughout the course of the three days in the workshops. It contains simple reflection tasks used to delve into ones subconscious to find what one truly wants in life. It challenges ones weaknesses, questioning why one behaves in certain ways in certain circumstances and suggests ways to overcome all of these to become the self you really want to be. The two female mentors are lovely women who help you along your Sprint Journey. They are encouraging and approachable, and each day they provide the class with new ideas and concepts about our position as women in this male dominated society. Being a programme targeted for women, the room is ‘girls only’ which provides the room with a kind, compassionate atmosphere allowing anyone to speak, no matter how meek their voice may be! A highlight of each of the three days was when a speaker came in to talk to us. These women are usually high up in the business world, and have broken through the ‘man made’ glass ceiling. Go ladies! During these talks, their stories inspire us to push, compete, and work just as hard as them in order to achieve our dreams. For me especially, I consider one lady in particular a great role model for me to look up to and take inspiration from. After the talks, which are more like impersonal friendly heart to hearts, we are invited to ask questions in order to discover more about them. Many of my friends who also took this course have said that this part of the day was what made them realise that their dreams can be turned into a reality if they worked hard enough. Anyway, onto logistics. The course in itself is free, however there is a £50 deposit to be given at the start of the course, which is to be returned on the attendance of the fourth day, which is a follow up day. This day is used to present one’s achievements in the 10 weeks since the first day of the programme. Some of the speakers return on this day, and give feed back and congratulations to the girls for their accomplishments. It is a fun day for all. Additionally, food is provided for each of the four days, and let me tell you: it’s delicious. I hope that this little summary of the programme has inspired a few young undergraduates to apply to this amazing programme. For more information, you can follow this link: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/personal/sprint/

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