This fall, the Exercise Science Learning Community traveled to Farmington, New Mexico, for a half-day high ropes challenge. There, the students practiced teambuilding exercises with the same peer group that takes several core classes together as a cohort.
“The cluster is for first-year students coming to Fort Lewis College who think they may want to major in Exercise Science,” Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Emily Houghton says. “They take several specifically reserved classes together. Ideally, the people they’re in that very first experience with, are people they'll maintain connections with throughout their four years.”
Outside of the classroom, the Exercise Science Learning Community participates in several other teambuilding exercises as a cohort – such as the ropes course, where they tackled three different challenges. They started on the Alpine Tower, where each student had the opportunity to climb on the tower and to belay. Then they went to the Net Leap and the Giant Swing.
“They get to see each other in a different light than they do normally in the classroom,” Houghton says. “It puts them in a completely different element. It brings out some of their strengths that you wouldn’t normally see in a regular interaction. Same for faculty. I think it brings people together more than just in a Monday/Wednesday/Friday fifty-five-minute interaction.”
Check out these pictures from this experiential learning adventure in November: