New Beginnings

Well…here I am one and a half weeks later. AT COLLEGE!! And let me just start out by saying that it is AWESOME here.  I spent a week in the Adirondacks with a group of 8 students from my college.  We went on an amazing backpacking trip and we all became really close friends.  The trip took us to the high peaks region where we hiked across Indian Pass.  The views were beautiful and it was a ton of fun.  But now, I’m back on campus for orientation.  I’ve met my roommate (who is very nice) and I’m starting to adjust to college life.  But I swear…If the orientation leaders make us play any more dumb games, I may cry!!  I may not have time to update for a little while just because of everything thats going on but I’ll try!  Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

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Pre Orientation

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!!