This weekend retreat serves as fertile ground for first-year students to build friendships, conjure dreams for their next four years, and identify attitudes and lifestyle choices that facilitate growth and goodness. We go to Tall Oaks Retreat Center in DeSoto, Kansas, about 40 minutes from campus. Imagine open spaces, towering trees and hearty meals, and you’re on the right track. A day of teambuilding on the low ropes challenge course filled with fun and new friendships, while evenings simmer down with quality time around the bonfire or games of spoons, mafia, signs and four-square. Prayer and reflection are sprinkled throughout the weekend, with Rockhurst sophomores provide leadership and share of their own first-year experiences.