The Classes of 2018 are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime. HWS Pre-Orientation Adventure Program (POAP) is once again set to offer incoming students the opportunity to engage in optional exciting adventure trips before the official Orientation process.
Students can choose from a wide variety of excursions, including kayaking tours that straddle the heart of the Finger Lakes region, conquering the peaks of the Adirondack mountains, exploring the verdant green Finger Lakes Trails and the surrounding landscapes or donating time to serve the greater Geneva area wildlife.
“There’s not one definition for adventure,” explains Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Jeremy Wattles. “It’s still an adventure even if you’re not white water rafting, and I think that these specific POAP programs say a lot about these students; they want to come early to serve others.”
This year, POAP will offer two community service trips. Students will have the chance to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity, or explore environmental and sustainability issues at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. In the tradition of the Colleges’ prevalent volunteerism, these trips will introduce students to the strong partnership between HWS and the surrounding community.
“My experience was a great way to start off my first year of college,” says Amy Russo ’17, a former POAP participant. “Everyone comes into college a little nervous, but the POAP trip really makes you step out of your shell more and begin to become a part of the HWS community through an exciting outdoor trip.”
Students remaining in the Finger Lakes area will be able to explore in depth the region in which they will be living during their time at the Colleges.
“POAP brings students together and allows the incoming year to get a better feel of HWS before classes start,” says Bree von Bradsky ’16, a coordinator for the program. “On all of the trips offered, students have to work with and push each other to everyone’s full potential.”
“It’s really a great way to get plugged into Geneva as a place,” Wattles says. “Beyond just making friends through the program, they’re also in Geneva, learning from their sophomore, junior and senior classmates – particularly those in the upper classes who are interested in service and giving back to the community.”
The deadline to sign up for POAP is July 1. Students or parents seeking further information on specific trips should contact the Pre-Orientation Office at (315) 781-4579.
The photo above features students participating in the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in 2013.