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Personal Growth Days

Personal Growth For The Whole Person

OUAZ is so committed to the notion that students should develop work-ready and practical life skills that it has eliminated most standard classes on Wednesdays of each 8-week term. At OUAZ, we center almost the entire day on our students’ personal development because we believe doing so will lead to personal and professional success skills that will last a lifetime. During OUAZ’s unique “Personal Growth Days”, Wednesdays are set aside for advising, tutoring, professional workshops and private study in the morning. The remainder of the day includes Spirit Life, The Gathering and Skill Development Workshops.

During this hour, the OUAZ community comes together for a time of fellowship as they take part in a speaker series where they will be inspired by testimonials, motivational speakers, in addition to speakers on timely key topics. Attendees will also be led in singing by a praise and worship band.

All OUAZ students, faculty, staff, and guests, gather for a community dining experience on campus. This is a great time to network and get to know each other better. It also creates a welcoming and accepting atmosphere.

Following "The Gathering," students attend skill development workshops. These workshops are virtually identical to those offered in professional development training programs by corporations and non-profit organizations. They are aimed at honing and shaping student competencies in areas such as public speaking, project management, leadership, writing for business, negotiations, personal finance, how to persuade, personal selling, research, conflict management, listening, group facilitation, and many more. These are skills that employers of all types prize and will set OUAZ students apart as work-ready graduates when it is time to land that first job. In addition, each student will be encouraged to develop conversational capability in at least one additional language.

Personal Growth Days are also designed to offer an array of service learning, shadowing and other experiential learning and service opportunities within teams and as individuals. OUAZ grads will undoubtedly point to these experiences as many of their most impactful “Aha!” moments in their educational careers.

Current Skill Development Workshops:

  • The Power of Creativity
  • The Power of Emotional Intelligence
  • The Power of Change Management
  • The Power of Team Dynamics

Previous Skill Development Workshops:

  • The Power of Personal Finance
  • The Power of Time Management
  • The Power of Goal Setting
  • The Power of Stress Management
  • Preparing for Campus Leadership
  • Preparing to Find and Use Your Character Strengths
  • The Journey to Significance: What is a life of significance? Get to know Community Mentors
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