Freshman Wilderness Experience at the University of Montana

Going out to a place where man is in his most raw form I think put
everybody on the same playing field but also allow people to feel free to be
themselves. In high school i kinda felt alone. I wanted want to try to make friends before all the freshmen come to orientation and just like really chaotic. I think that
even before we went out in the gym that day we just kinda realized like these are
people gonna be with for like 4 or 5 days. The Freshman Wilderness Experience is a trip designed to get incoming freshmen out into montana wilderness prior to their first semester at the University of
Montana in Missoula. Basically we lead small groups of students all over the state doing backpacking
trips primarily and then we did do a canoe trip this year on the Missouri River. I think for a group to continue to grow you need to have continuous effort and they need to go through a bit of struggle. We got no money, we got no service, no internet. I got really bad blisters the first day. These boots plus these socks equals bad. Half of us are boy scouts. We got to pitch tents. I’ve never been a Boy Scout in my life. Three strange people that just met each other. There’s just something about sleeping like two inches away from somebody. Like wow I feel like I know these people better. Its not all over like social media
stuff. We are not on our phones texting people. We’re just with each other cold. Maybe I was cold. Maybe they weren’t. It’s things like that that show how simple life really is when you break it
down….. and how beautiful life is. I’m seeing stuff I have never seen
before. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The whole group is really nice. So it’s really important I think like enjoy cooking or like really learning a new skill or two, and also
enjoy your meal. I’ve actually never cooked like stuff like this at all so I feel like you know is actually currently preparing me for living on my own. It came down to the point where they realized we’re just all bunch of humans
and we’re just trying to survive and fulfill our basic needs, and maybe get a
little more. So once they realized that they really came together. We sat around we will all have an opportunity to tell a story. That was last night. The
night before that we had a talent show. singing and music These were just moments where we go to laugh at each other and laugh at ourselves. Most students this is their first
experience in montana wilderness and so as readers want to make sure that we’re
establishing a really good first interaction with the wilderness and make
sure that they know how to take care of it and how to have this symbiotic relationship with the wilderness. We climbed this big rock formation. I felt like we were above everything else and we could just see everything. We just climbed to the top all with our arms raised like we did it. Someone take a picture now. Feeling a little more wild is always a good thing. Now that I’m actually here high school is completely behind me. Nothing but moving forward. I was still able to make it through the whole trip even though it hurt. It was still worth all the beauty I got to see and I feel that is how college is going to be. You know it will hurt sometimes but it’ll be worth it all. I was walking through the reservoir at one point and talking to Reed about how different life is now in this last week than it has been in high
school in Flordia. And how I felt welcome. He said, well John, your home now.

5 thoughts on “Freshman Wilderness Experience at the University of Montana

  1. University is teaching fake biased history. Liberal professors there are creating new antifa members. Fire Toebin who are brainwashing kids to hate themselves and thair culture . Vary dangerous

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