• Emily Nelson

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN

    Emily's Bio:
    I am a senior majoring in communication and minoring in photography. The College of St. Scholastica has been a great place for me to be throughout my college journey. I am fascinated by the world and am currently studying abroad at Regent's University London in England. I live for the little things and the adventures I stumble upon everyday. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, listening to and writing music, taking pictures, and exploring.

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

This Journey

As I prepare to head out on my first sea kayaking trip of the 2016 summer paddling season, I find myself thinking back to and reflecting on all of my past experiences on the water. The very first time I found myself on Lake Superior in a sea kayak was also my very first true college experience. I participated in the Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat program [SOAR trip], which was part of the August Adventures for incoming freshman at The College of St. Scholastica. I was led to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore by three student guides, one being Jane Sloan.

Jane band I became co-guides as I decided I would like to learn how to lead the trips and become a student guide; she also became one of my best friends in college. And, now, here I am becoming a lead guide on a sea kayaking trip. I have had the opportunity to lead SOAR sea kayaking trips the past two summers as a co-guide with Jane and Cole, but this year is special. This year represents the valley that is finally reached after my hill of a college experience.

The first trip I will be leading, starting Sunday, is a group of Scouts unrelated to the college’s SOAR program. This is an incredible opportunity as this group of people is trusting us to guide them and keep them safe on Lake Superior and in the Apostle Islands. After we return, I will head out to the Islands yet again with a group of incoming freshman who will hopefully experience a similar sense of awe, adventure, and self-growth that I did just three years ago.

Three years ago I was a terrified freshman. I was someone who could light up the room with a smile but deep down felt a great amount of sadness. I was someone who had lost touch with who I truly was and subconsciously knew there was more for me somewhere in life. I was someone who had a sense of creativity ready to burst at the seams. I was someone on a journey to become who I was meant to be. I was someone who knew I was going kayaking, but I had no idea about the incredible adventure that awaited in the Apostle Islands and at The College of St. Scholastica.

So, here’s to another trip or two out on the great Lake Superior and to honoring myself and my individuality. Going to college and participating in this journey has not only taught me a great amount of academics and increased my span of knowledge, but it has also given me back my life and enabled me to find joy in all things again as I once did as a child.

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