Building Teams on the Chattahoochee
This fall, thirty students headed to Columbus, Georgia to the Whitewater Express Center as part of a Natural Leader program on team building. The Natural Leader is an experiential leadership program series designed to teach leadership principles through adventures in the great outdoors. Students spent the morning learning about team building dynamics and communication in a workshop led by the Lead Team. They learned the importance of common purpose and the necessity of clear communication between team members. After the workshop, students loaded a bus and headed to Columbus to put their knowledge to work.
Students were divided into six teams to raft together down the Chattahoochee River. For many students, it was their first time whitewater rafting, but there were a few students who had previous experience rafting.
I thought because it was my third time rafting that I would just be cruising through the whole ride, but it was just as exciting as the first time.
~ Rossanna Hernandez Mitchell, a junior
When a few rafters went overboard, Rossanna was able to help calm the rafters and keep them encouraged while they waited to get back on board their rafts. Takeirra Butts, who went overboard, jokingly reflected on her experience.
You may come close to death. You may even almost die, but take it from me, you’ll make it out, so try not to cry!
~ Takeirra Butts, a junior
Takeirra, who is also a Resident Assistant, attended the trip with several residents, and they all had a great time learning what it means to put team building into action.
Leadership Development and the Lead Team are currently planning excursions for the spring semester and are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with more students to develop their leadership skills while also experiencing some of the amazing beauty and nature of Georgia.