Discovery uses adventure learning and a supportive Christian community to help students transition and develop during their first year of college. The quad-long course fosters spiritual growth, personal discovery, character formation and an appreciation of the natural environment through a wide array of activities—high and low challenge courses, group initiatives and personal reflection—that culminate in a weekend trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Discovery fulfills the Common Core Requirement and is part of the First-Year Experience.
Discovery creates a positive and safe environment for students to build friendships and challenge one another to step out of their comfort zones. As they become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses within the context of a supportive, tight-knit community, they gain confidence and skills to face life’s challenges long after the course ends. Throughout the course, deepened faith and friendships lay a foundation for a successful transition to college.
What it Looks Like
Discovery creates a fun, safe environment to build quality relationships. Games, group initiatives and problem-solving activities enable students to know and be known—to develop meaningful relationships with people that they might not have met otherwise. Students gain communication skills, empathy and an ability to work with others.
Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone on the challenge course. The class becomes a supportive community spurring one another on to take on challenges with a high degree of perceived risk, but low actual risk. This support becomes tangible as students learn to belay each other on high elements. The confidence developed on the challenge course builds within students a belief that they can overcome life’s challenges relying upon God and their Christian community.
Students come together for a weekend camping trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Community is developed as you hike, enjoy meals together and share life stories around a campfire.