The Impact of an Adventure-Based Freshmen Experience. Presenters: Danielle Schulta and Chase Steiner University of Wisconsin –La Crosse. Co-Authors Dr. Jeff Steffen and Ryan Olson University of Wisconsin La-Crosse. Overview of Presentation:.
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Danielle Schulta and Chase Steiner
University of Wisconsin –La Crosse
Dr. Jeff Steffen and Ryan Olson
University of Wisconsin La-Crosse
I also felt intimidated. When I first signed up for it, I was excited, but then once it got closer, I realized I felt like intimidated really. Sitting here and seeing all the people that first day and trying to figure out where to sit, who to talk to, that was all pretty intimidating. But once we got meetings and stuff, after that, it was fine.
I actually wasn't sure Because I'm afraid of heights. I went on the rock climbing trip But I actually climbed lots of times and it was a lot of fun. So, I don't know what I expected.
I felt like I already knew so much about like [UI Phrase: voice muffled]. Or I knew where everything was on campus and the move in day for everybody else, I was helping out my roommate move in and she just…I felt like I already knew everything and she just kept asking me questions and I could actually answer like things about like the bath, like don't go to the bathroom.
I feel like I’ve been here for like a really long time. In a good way.
I'm really glad. Yeah, it was going to be really hard for me to leave all my friends behind. But, because I went and I know what I did, they're all like, you actually did that? We're so proud of you.
I had a lot more fun. There was a lot more people to hang out with, because we got to meet so many more people. And college as a whole is a lot less frightening, just because you were here earlier and you got some [UI word] and it’s like the first day wasn’t as hectic. And like you didn’t feel like one of those, well, okay, you still kind of felt like a freshman, but you didn't make as many stupid mistakes, like where to eat and just knowing where all the buildings were. Like you were acquainted with the school.
I think First Flight took my mind off of being homesick, because I'm a homebody. So, like when you're out having fun, you don't have time to think about wanting to be in your bed, instead of like…you know. So, yeah, it made the transition easier once we got there, because I had already done it for a week.
I think it's also being connected to like the upper classmen and stuff. And even like even, like the…I was also familiar with the admissions counselor, Angie. Like when I go and talk to people there, they'll ask me, oh, you did First Flight. It's something that the like administrators here really know about. And it seems like
I think it taught me personally to push myself to a point where I didn't think I could go and I pushed myself farther than that.
Well, the highlights for me, obviously the new experiences like the rock climbing and stuff, but it was out here in an atmosphere where we're all incoming freshmen and like for the rock climbing trip we would have the campfires that night and we would write questions on the cards and ask them and read them out loud. Like, I never think of a question, but I’m so glad that they were read out loud, because, oh, glad I know that now.
Yeah, I would say like the same thing to everything you've talked about, being creative, fun. And it's like everybody here, you know, you're a senior in high school, everybody's telling you about like, yeah, college is hard. Read the books, blah-blah-blah. And it kind of builds up that fear and First Flight is basically kind of just goes and erases that fear. And you just, you actually get acquainted in the college instead of coming here and like living that year. I never had that. It just really helps to get to know the campus. It's really, really nice to be here early, because like everybody said already, it was really nice when everybody was here and we already knew what we were doing and we weren't just sitting there looking like you're in headlights going, oh my god, what do I do? So, yeah, definitely worth it.
Director of Graduate Physical Education Teaching
Director of Adventure Program
University of Wisconsin La-Crosse
Excise Sports Science/ Adventure Programs Coordinator
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