• Emily Nelson

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN
    Communications

    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.

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Freshman
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Freshman
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Junior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information 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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