Vikings OverseasSetting their sights beyond the Berry bubble this summer, 124 students travelled to 17 countries ranging from Norway to Kenya to Costa Rica for various Short-Term International Programs and independent study abroad programs.
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Bold Endeavors“I learned a lot about what I was capable of and discovered how strong a person I actually was.” Alice Morgan.
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Adventure is not just a passion but a
profession for Berry grad Alice Morgan. Working as outdoor leadership
coordinator at Virginia’s Shenandoah University, she has the opportunity to kindle
in others the same thrill of discovery she once felt as a student taking
Berry’s Freshman Adventure Challenge course.
“That weekend completely changed my
life,” she recalled. “I learned a lot about what I was capable of and
discovered how strong a person I actually was. As soon as the weekend ended, I
knew I had to have more.”
That “more” turned out to be three and a
half years of valuable student work experience within the Berry Outdoor
Leadership Development (BOLD) program and an interdisciplinary major in outdoor
leadership. During that time, she participated in a 30-day outdoor leadership
program in Alaska and a 50-day Outward Bound excursion in North Carolina. Later,
she completed the master’s degree program in outdoor education at Scotland’s
University of Edinburgh, one of the longest-standing outdoor education programs
in the world.
“There is no way I’d be where I am today
without Berry,” Morgan praised. “From the minute I made the decision to pursue
outdoor education as a career, I had people who were ready to help me make it
“The student work program was also huge
for me. In my current position, I’m constantly looking back to what I learned
at Berry as a reference both directly and by the example of the staff.”
Maxine Donnelly, Philanthropic Communications student assistant