Freshman Frontier

The mission of this new leadership development program for first year students at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is “To refine and develop leadership skills in first year students at CMC, utilizing an experiential program involving mentorship, collaboration, and insightful instruction focused on communication, stress management and responsible leadership.” As a day long experience, it will be full of experiential learning components focused on leader development and relationships between participants.

This year’s event will be held at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA, from 9am to 6pm. Learn more about Freshman Frontier 2013 on our Facebook page!

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The program will include times of reflection, group discussions and activities done individually, in small and large groups. Trained upperclass students will help guide small group activities. Overall, the program will challenge students to consider their whole CMC and Leadership Journey, informing them how KLI can be part of this process while at CMC. We will be enjoying a day at the beach, with transportation all food provided.

Student Reviews

“I have been working with KLI to put this program together and I think it’s going to be awesome. I have always loved team building activities and I think it’s a great way to get to know people. I wish this program existed last year when I was a freshman! I would have liked more exposure to leadership activities and opportunities to get to know myself, what I am good at, and what I enjoy doing in order to have a better or more realistic look at the future.”

-Annika Jessen ’14

“The Freshman Frontier (FF) is designed to include the same structure of the incredibly popular Sophomore Leadership Experience (SLE), while catering specifically to the needs of first year students. For me, The Sophomore Leadership Experience was incredibly motivational and helped me to develop a solid foundation in leadership.  Over those four days, I learned so much about myself and became so much closer with my peers.  Similar to SLE, this experience will be instrumental in developing a sense of self and determining which direction you want to go in your academic and professional careers.”

-Laura Renfroe ‘14

“Leadership is something that all CMC students can appreciate, and it has surprised me how easy and fun it can be to develop such valuable skills. The Sophomore Leadership Experience, which is a similar program to the FYF, was one of my favorite moments at CMC so far, and I think that FYF can only be amazing. I would strongly encourage all our freshmen to take advantage of this opportunity to learn. It will be valuable, fun, and completely funded by the Kravis Leadership Institute!”

-Pieter Cornel ‘14