As a fun way to engage the campus in leading up to the announcement yesterday, we posted blue-green lawn signs that read “What’s Being Built on South?” with clues such as: adventure, challenge, team building, problem-solving and experiential education. We also crafted riddles for each clue and posted them on the student blog, LivingSU–you know, like the medallion hunt on syracuse.com. Today, we wanted to share with you all what these clues mean for the ‘Cuse Challenge Course:
There is always an adventure that awaits you when you undergo a challenge course. It’s scary, but exciting all at the same time. Not only will you get to complete fun challenges, but also you will develop new skills that can help you both personally and professionally. Adventure is all about learning through a new experience, exploring the unknown and gaining insight as to how you deal with situations that are new to you, or outside of your comfort zone.
One of the best things about working through a challenge course is the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged by a new adventure. You will learn to push yourself beyond your limits. In the workplace, it is important to be adaptable and ready for any situation, to be able to solve problems as they present themselves. These same rules apply to a challenge course program, with transferable learning outcomes that apply to real-life situations.
Whether in class, work, or at home, it’s important to know how to be a great team player. The ‘Cuse Challenge Course facilitators will help you along this path, as you build upon communication and problem solving skills, and work with others in your group to accomplish the various challenges presented to you. Great team players are not only supportive of their team, but they also help push their team forward.
In life, you will often be faced with tough decisions. Effective problem solving is the key to being able to navigate these situations as they arise. In a challenge course program, you may find yourself in a situation you cannot overcome without the help of your fellow group members. You have to be able to calm yourself down and determine your next move. You may need to STOP (Stop, Think, Observe and Plan) before moving forward, so that you can accomplish the task that was presented to you. Being able to effectively work together and solve problems as a group is a skill that will have tremendous carry-over as you move into real-life situations, whether it is in a job, or as a community volunteer, or simply accomplishing routine tasks in the midst of “life” happening around you.
The new challenge course inspires a different kind of education. Lessons are learned through experience, not by lecture. For example, the only way you will learn how to conquer one of our High Element challenges known as the “Leap of Faith” is by trying it first. If you don’t get it right the first time, that’s okay! Learn from your mistakes and try it again.
I hope you all are excited about the new challenge course. I think it will be great fun!