Meet our Semester Students
Summit Adventure offers a for-credit semester program that combines elements of adventure, cultural immersion and service. Meet the students joining us this semester, in their own words. Special thanks to Carey Smith for putting this together.
My name is Darby Voeks and I am from Minneapolis, MN. I attend the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) where I am in the middle of my Junior Year. I am unbelievably lucky and excited to spend a semester with Summit Adventure.
Going into an experience like this I certainly was excited for the traveling, mountaineering and climbing. Yet, so far a highlight of my experience has been the class time. When signing up for a semester program, whether abroad or domestic, most people tend to focus on the traveling and adventure while hoping to minimize academic work. However, since the first day of class I have been thoroughly impressed with the academic aspect of Summit Adventure. The classes are so powerful and thought provoking where I find myself wanting to journal extensively after each class sessions to assure I do not forget the lessons I have taken away.
Going forward, I am currently most excited for our expedition to Death Valley National Park. This is a completely foreign region to me and I cannot wait to explore and learn about all this place has to offer. I am so grateful Summit has given me this opportunity!
My name is Maia Johnson and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am a junior at Hope College in Holland, MI studying psychology, Spanish, and youth ministry, but am taking the semester off to study with Summit Adventure. So far, I have loved our time spent in the backcountry sleeping under the stars,cooking together at base, and exploring Oakhurst and Bass Lake, CA. I cannot wait for our trip to Ecuador when we will get the chance to see a whole new country and practice our language skills with the locals.
I am from Youngstown, Ohio, and I went to school at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My highlight of the semester so far has been bonding with the group over our first expedition, which was snow camping in the Yosemite wilderness. We really worked well as a team and for me, it solidified the connections I had started to make here at Summit. I am most looking forward to going to Ecuador. I am in the process of learning Spanish, and I have never been to South America. I can’t wait to learn about a new and unique culture, and challenge ourselves physically and mentally with our Cayambe summit attempt.