Three Days with Voisnet

Posted On March 4, 2016
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The Outdoor Adventure Living Learning Community hosted a three day ski trip with the first lady of Georgia State University, Laura Viosnet and eight University Housing residents. The trip’s purpose was to create a sense of pride and to give the residents an opportunity to get to know Georgia State University’s first lady and other campus residents.

When I think of once in a lifetime experiences, the three days with Voisnet trip immediately comes to mind. It was truly spectacular in every sense of the word and the people that accompanied me on this trip was the cherry on top.

~ Davon Walton, senior

The trip involved three days of skiing, hiking and caving in North Carolina and Tennessee. To participate in the trip, residents went through a selection process consisting of an application, short essay and interview led by programming assistant, Alexandria Heenan. The trip was a collaboration between the University Housing Touch the Earth program in Recreational Services.

On the first day, the participants went to the Cataloochee Ski Area where they received lessons on how to ski and spent the afternoon on the slopes. The participants spent the rest of the evening engaging in icebreakers with Laura Voisnet.

Day two was spent snowshoe-hiking in Pisgah National Forest. The participants received lessons on how to hike wearing snowshoes from the North Carolina state park ranger. They then traveled to Grandfather Mountain and Linville Gorge, where they all spent the afternoon hiking.

On the last day, the participants traveled to Bluff City, Tennessee for a day of caving in Worley’s Cave. They spent the afternoon crawling through crevasses underground, learning about the formation of stalagmites and stalactites and about animals that live in the cave and completing team-building activities in the complete darkness.

This was seriously one of the best weekends of my entire college career. I was inspired by how incredible all of my peers are and was privileged with an opportunity to spend quality time with the first lady. Thank you Georgia State University for this opportunity!

~ Emily Thomas, sophomore

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