Elon University Gap Semester & NOLS
NOLS Rocky Mountain recently produced some of the school's newest gradautes: students from the Elon University Gap Semester.
Rather than beginning their freshman year attending lectures in an auditorium and sleeping in a residence hall, 15 students opted for the Wind River Wilderness as a classroom and Megamid tents as dorm space to start their college career. After a 25-day backpacking course in Wyoming, the students will spend 4 weeks traveling cross country performing community service, followed by a 5-week cultural immersion program in Costa Rica.
Over 3 weeks, the students learned all the necessary backcountry skills - from cooking and navigation to how to give feedback and develop their own signature style of leadership - to travel independently of their 3 instructors, a highlight of the course. This was the second year of the collaboration between the North Carolina liberal arts college and NOLS Professional Training.
Congrats to our newest graduates, and for earning their first diploma of their college career!
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All photos by instructor Jeff Wagner