Backpacking with my Professor

I took this Honors “class” the summer after my sophomore year. I grew up skiing and hiking in the Cascades with my Dad, so when I found out I could get Honors AND Environmental Studies credit for a 10-day backpacking trip through the Olympic Mountains – I jumped on the opportunity. This experience stands out to me when I look back on my college career because for the first time I was experiencing what I learned in my Environmental Studies classes. I experienced the environmental psychology anxiety-release that comes from spending at least three days in nature without any electronics. We saw receded snow levels compared to where Tim told us they were the last few years he has led this trip. We investigated the charred trees from a naturally-caused (climate change induced) forest fire the summer before. Not to mention the personal strength and confidence I gained – trust in my body and mind – that the trip brought me. This course raised my standards for learning experiences for the years to follow.