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Personal Discovery Course - Part 1

A course on values, goals, and living fully engaged

  • Next offering: Jan. 9 - Feb. 3
  • Time to be determined by poll due Dec. 8

The Personal Discovery Course is a four week self-development series free from cost, stress, and exams. Explore personal values: Who am I? What gives my life meaning? Where do I want to go? What do I want to get out of my life, look back and be glad that I did it? How can I make a difference? Create your own life mission statement.

The course includes a weekly 1 hour workshop with discussion, staff coach (at least one meeting with coach), weekly personal reflection activities, and additional resources. A completion certificate will be granted for participating in the full 4 weeks and staff coaching session. Weekly meeting time for group workshops is set based on participants’ schedules.

Part 1 of the Personal Discovery Course covers a personal exploration of the following in relation to the questions:

What are the principles which I wish to live by?
How do I integrate these into my life?
How can I keep a long-term perspective?

  • What is success to me? (week of Jan 9)
  • What are my Values, Dreams and most cherished Goals? (week of Jan 16)
  • Create your Personal Mission Statement (week of Jan 23)
  • Integrating Personal Mission Statements into daily living (week of Jan 30)

To Register:

  • Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page
  • If you register before Dec. 8, you will receive a poll to help determine the weekly time for group sessions

The Personal Discovery course is funded by Student Open Circles and is free for post-secondary students. Course sessions are held at McMaster in a location to be announced.

Former participants say:

“For me, the Personal Discovery Course was a reminder once a week for six weeks to ask myself "Why am I here?" and "What do I want?" It's hard to get to where you want without knowing what that is. The Personal Discovery Course helped me to figure out what school and life meant to me, as well as a group to connect and grow with. I can now go into second term with a clearer idea of what I want to gain, my purpose of being here, and exactly why I'm doing what I'm doing.” – Dana

Open Circle’s Personal Discovery Course was the perfect way to start my fourth year. I started the school year wanting to reflect about the person I had become over the last four years and who I hoped to become before leaving university. I have always been a reflective and spiritual individual, but this course guided me on the path to asking the right questions to finding the answers within me. I really enjoyed how we started the journey as a group of strangers, but by the end, I felt that I knew the people within the group on a deep level. - Sandra, Fourth Year Kinesiology Student

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