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The Real Rio Grande

Jane Singman, Participant

Yak of the Week

A quote I have tried to live by for most of my life, and one that is especially relevant on this gap semester is: “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” I think this quote has been a good guiding principle......Read More

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A New Understanding of Our Relationship to Land...

Sally, Participant

Yak of the Week

“I gathered a couple gallons from the tinaja. A gift. I tried to take this with my head down, and I worried that my disinterested taking of measurements might not be the proper response to something giving me life. I paused there thinking of......Read More

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Orientation until now

Matthew and Tyler, Participant

Hi everyone! These past 10 days have been quite eventful to say the least. Towards the end of orientation, the group was blessed with the opportunity to visit one of Texas’s finest truck-stop showers (I don’t mean that sarcastically, it......Read More

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Last Day of the Trek

Nicolene, Participant

After orientation we drove almost seven hours to get to Big Bend Ranch State Park. We slept at a campsite for two nights before we headed out for our first long hike from Monday to Thursday. Though our three day hike was the most eventful, our time......Read More

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Our Trek

Jane, Participant

Let me start this off by saying that a 25-mile backpacking trek is not something I ever thought I would, or could do. In fact, there were many times over the last several days where I thought about calling my mom and flying home, because the task at......Read More

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Off to Big Bend

Luis, Instructor

Hello friends and family, This is a note to let you know that today marks the end of our orientation in El Paso. It’s a cool morning here and students are bustling packing up there tents, loading our van and having one last breakfast before we......Read More

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Day 4 of Camping in NM

Jane Singman, Participant

Yak of the Week

Today is the fourth day of our orientation, camping in the hot sun in New Mexico. Along with getting to know each other and becoming comfortable as a group, we have been learning how to camp and live in the wilderness. For example, we learned how to......Read More

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Somewhere Outside of El Paso

Sally, Izzy, Caroline, Laura, Participant

Hello from orientation! This is Sally, Izzy, Caroline, and Laura, teaming up for group Yak. So far in orientation, we’ve had some watercolor time, great discussions, great homemade food, and heard beautiful life maps from instructor Maddie and......Read More

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Hello from New Mexico

Anna, Participant

The past few days have been full of eventful orientation activities. We’ve spent our time introducing ourselves to one another, taking in all of the beautiful New Mexican scenery, and trying to avoid sitting on spiky thistles. I’m......Read More

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Hi!

Anna, Participant

Hello everyone! My name is Anna and I live around the Boston area. I am currently a sophomore at Oberlin College and am majoring in Politics and Religion. I always am so excited, but a tad nervous, before I go on trips and travel. I am so excited to......Read More

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Intro

Laura, Participant

Hi! I’m Laura and I’m from Suwanee, Georgia. I’m currently taking my sophomore year off from college at Kenyon where I’m planning on majoring in Classics or Art History! Besides looking forward to this trip, I’ve spent......Read More

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Intro

Tyler, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Tyler and I’m from Manhattan, New York. I’m taking the year off from Brown University where I would have been a sophomore now. I’ve spent the past months interning at a law firm and a food pantry, taking a philosophy class,......Read More

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Your El Paso Arrival Instructions

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Rio Grande A Students, Wow, just a few more days before you’re all together in Texas! We’re writing to let you know the plan for your arrival at El Paso Airport. After you exit the plane, proceed to the baggage claim located on the......Read More

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Hi I’m Matthew

Matthew, Participant

Hi everyone. I’m Matthew. Originally from New York, I moved to England when I was six. I’m currently taking a gap semester from my sophomore year in college, where I’m studying Political Science and Anthropology. I haven’t done much hiking,......Read More