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Day 1

Instructor Team, Participant

Our first full day together has been full of getting to know each other and becoming familiar with the places we’ll be visiting this semester. Our beautiful orientation site here in rural Fraser has given us lots of space to have a fun and safe......Read More


And they’re off!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

And like that, the group is off for the start of the Rio Grande Semester! It was a smooth travel day to Denver/Boulder, which allowed the group to load up their 2 vehicles on time and head to the mountains at 3:30pm MST for their group orientation.......Read More


hi from mateo

Mateo, Participant

Hi Everyone, I’m Mateo. I’m 17 and live in Albuquerque, NM. Excited to meet you guys Before COVID, I played in a jazz band and now I play in a norteño one. No idea where I’m gonna go for college or what I want to do. Maybe this......Read More


hey it’s mae

Mae, Participant

Hi guys! My name’s Mae and i’m from Miami Fl. I’m 18 and i’m taking a gap year and going to Scripps college in california next year. I went to school on a farm and worked on one this summer and its definitely my favorite thing to do outside.......Read More



Anna Amacher, Participant

Hiya! My name is Anna Amacher and I’m 18. I am from Chicago but, spend a ton of time in Colorado including going to semester school at HMI! I am currently taking a GAP semester and I’m attending Colorado College in the spring. I am an avid......Read More


Rio Intro!

Isabella, Participant

Hi y’all, I’m Isabella!! I’m 19 years old and I’m from Fort Worth, Texas born and raised🤠 my first year of college I studied abroad in Paris, France and I absolutely loved it! But it was a little too far away from home so I chose to......Read More


Hello, I’m Mare

Mare, Participant

Hello, my name is Mare. I’m 18 and from Charlotte, North Carolina. I love horses, bikes, and getting lost in the woods....Read More


Hi from Lorelei

Lorelei Smillie, Participant

Hi guys! I’m Lorelei and I’m from New York City. I’m on a gap year right now and I’ll be starting at Colorado College next fall. I love to hike and to ski, and I’ve spent a lot of time in the outdoors in Maine and New Hampshire. I......Read More


Hi from Rachel

Rachel Skoler, Participant

Hi, I’m Rachel. I’m 18 and from Chinatown, New York City. I’m taking a gap year and attending Amherst College next year. My favorite outdoor activities are biking, swimming, and going on walks. I’m so excited to meet everyone and start the......Read More

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Important Arrival Instructions

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Rio Grande Semester Students, Wow, just a few more days before we’re all together in Colorado! We’re writing to let you know the plan for your arrival at Denver International Airport and the Dragons shuttle runs we will be running to......Read More


Hi from Charlotte

Charlotte Soule, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Charlotte Soule. I’m 18 years old, and am from Freeport Maine. I love all things outdoors, my favorites include hiking and whitewater rafting/kayaking. I’m super stoked to meet everyone and spend the next three......Read More


Hi, it’s Cam

Cameron Kuck, Participant

Hi everyone, Hi there, I’m Cameron and I’m from Washington, DC! I’m really excited for our long trip ahead of us and super excited to meet all of you guys. I’m 18, and I just graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School,......Read More


Greetings from Boulder!!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Your instructor team of Maddie, Kevin, Zack and José the Cat are all here in Boulder excitedly awaiting your arrival. We’ll spend these days leading up to when y’all arrive working out the final details of the course. If you have any questions......Read More


Hello from Ethan

Ethan, Participant

Hey everyone, My name is Ethan. As the days to course draw closer, I’m getting more and more excited and anxious to meet you all! With this date looming comes a wave of anxious thoughts for me: what will the group be like? Will my gear be good......Read More


Hi from Will

Will Cochran, Participant

Hello everyone! My name is Will Cochran. I am 19 years old and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My motivation for doing a dragons program was that I wanted to do something different. I was originally going to participate in the Nepal semester but......Read More

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Instructor Introduction: Meet Kevin!

Kevin Witkow, Instructor

Hello! For all of us, these are strange times. Unexpectedly joining a new program, writing introductory notes, and diving into preparations and planning are all exciting challenges, and in a funny way these tasks have normalized these past weeks for......Read More