Open mic and poetry slam nights, community service and political forums are not high on a freshman’s extra curricular list at Sierra Nevada College. Freshman students prefer day hikes, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and trips to San Francisco.
Last March, I met with both Katie Zanto and Rosie Hackett to discuss some ideas I had for my service learning project. I figured I would do something with ski coaching, or volunteering for an outdoor leadership program. Both Katie the Interdisciplinary Studies chair, and Rosie, Outdoor Adventure Leadership program director, kindly and respectfully shut me down.
Through internships and service learning, Sierra Nevada College students are involved in a local nonprofit organization called Sustainable Tahoe, whose goal is to shift Tahoe’s outdated tourism model to one that connects visitors with Lake Tahoe and inspires a passion to interact with the lake in a sustainable way.
Wilderness Orientation, which took place from Aug. 7 -11, in Desolation Wilderness, brought 18 incoming freshman together, divided into two groups, for a backpacking trip that would serve as a tool for peer connections prior to Sierra Nevada College’s orientation week.
At Sierra Nevada College, success is not only measured in grades and degrees, but also in the grandeur of one’s goggle tan.