Our Gap 2015 students had a rather unorthodox new student orientation during their first full day on site at NOLS Rocky Mountain in Lander, Wyoming. The cohort had an orientation to Elon’s honor code, academic expectations, and engaged learning, similar to what their peers on campus will experience.
The team learned all about academic expectations and the Elon Honor Code with Dr. Carol Smith, a faculty member who has traveled with the Gap cohort for the past 3 years.
Dr. Smith also did an Engaged Learning activity with the Gap cohort where they had to communicate with one another on how to lay their hand over a ‘live’ mouse without setting it off. It was a lesson in communication and teamwork! Everyone’s fingers made it through unscathed!
Students also heard from their NOLS instructors about the route for the expedition, packed their food rations, and learned the in’s and out’s of the equipment they’d need out in the back country.
The day ended with a team dinner and New Student Convocation under the oaks at City Park in Lander, Wyoming where the Gappers received their acorns, a tradition for all incoming first-year students at Elon!