One of the significant topics of the workshop was the
importance of connection. This includes external relationships with other
people, and the personal connection with oneself.
“Embracing community helps us live longer and happier”
It is necessary to meet other people to sustain a strong
social life, and this workshop helps to do this. It offers conversational
starters for any situation and the opportunity to meet a range of new people.
The workshop highlights the importance of those around us in helping to manage stress, and how vital it is to discuss our struggles with others. There is a key focus on community and projecting our voice, to connect to others and develop our own emotional intelligence.
The activities presented in the workshop help students to improve not only their interpersonal skills and confidence, but also their intrapersonal skills. To develop confidence in their own abilities and interests is essential in understanding oneself. In order to be confident, we must not only accept our own strengths and weaknesses but also those of others. The workshop encourages teamwork rather than competition between students to maintain a positive attitude and fulfilling relationships.
The cultural insight workshop includes a range of fun and
interactive activities for all students to engage with. Students can meet others
from different backgrounds and countries, spanning from Germany to China!
Whether it is expanding your knowledge of different
cultures, making friends, learning how to advance your interpersonal and
intrapersonal skills, or developing your LinkedIn account, the lecture slides
and teamwork activities are incredibly useful in providing the tools to expand
your social development and knowledge of oneself.
Wesley – “I found the
workshop very helpful in meeting new friends.”
Over the course of the workshop students can participate in
various activities including:
Minion Hugging – wherein a number is called out
and the students must quickly make a team of that amount.
Speed Friending – wherein students talk to three
separate partners and get to know each other within five minutes.
competition to find the most commonalities with your peers in as short a time
Sisi said: “I loved it!
My favourite activity was definitely the speed friending, where you can speak
to others one-to-one. It was amazing to meet so many people from different
Overall, the workshop is a welcoming experience, helpful and supportive, building confidence in students both socially and in their own abilities. All these activities help to improve confidence and social skills, as well as being fun!