When asked about the sophomore block for the adventure education program, the first words that come to Nick’s mind are “wicked awesome.”
For Nick, the second semester of freshman year held plenty of adventure, most of which involved white water kayaking. Nick was running class three and four rapids on the Poultney River. The experience helped him gain a certification with the American Canoe Association.
Nick first heard about Green Mountain College in his hometown of Hampstead, N.H. After participating in Green MAP’s Wilderness Challenge (GMC’s popular orientation program), Nick sought more in-depth involvement through training as a Green Mountain Adventure Programming leader. The Green MAP program at GMC offers students of all majors opportunities to participate in outdoor adventure activities such as hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. Since his start with Green MAP Nick has developed better teaching skills that have manifested into exciting opportunities. It also helped land him a teaching assistant gig in an outdoor living skills class.
When asked about the sophomore block for the adventure education program, the first words that come to Nick’s mind are “wicked awesome.” The sophomore block is requirement for Adventure Education students that takes place during the fall semester. Throughout the experience, students are continuously exposed to new environments and activities, ranging from rock climbing to white-water paddling. “I learned so much, it took a while to absorb it all,” he said.
But in the midst of extreme adventure and activity, Nick’s favorite part of the trip was the backpacking section; an eight-day-long backpacking adventure where students demonstrate their skills on how to safely camp, cook, and navigate the wilderness.