With 23 days left until school starts, it’s time to start thinking about pre orientation. My college has two choices for pre orientation (or you don’t have to do any and you can just come for regular orientation on the 25th). The first choice is a community service trip where you work with a group of other incoming freshmen on an outreach project in the towns and the city near the college. In this trip, you not only work all day at your community service project but you also sleep at the service location in a tent! The orientation program that I’m doing is a lot different. It’s an outdoor adventure trip where you can choose between backpacking, canoe trips, rock climbing or a combination. My trip is a point to point backpacking trip through the Adirondacks and it is going to be AMAZING. The trip starts at the Adirondack Loj and takes us through the stunning Indian Pass where snow can be found even in the middle of summer! With this pre orientation program, not only do you get to challenge yourself through a difficult hike, you get to know a group of incoming freshmen very well before regular orientation begins. So with that in mind, I’m heading off to EMS to update my collection of backpacking supplies. At the end of the 5 day hike, the entire group participates in a ropes course and then goes to a formal dance to celebrate the week on the trail. I guess college is LITERALLY going to be an adventure!!