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Throughout the summer months, Champlain College Student Life offered five 'Summer Launch' trips to incoming first-year students in the class of 2016. The purpose of these trips is for incoming students to meet a small group of their peers with the hope of forming friendships through similar interests and personal conversations about the last minute excitements and concerns before heading to College. Each trip offered something different: an outdoor adventure program, the thrill of rollercoasters, biking along Lake Champlain and enjoying what greater-Burlington has to offer, and serving communities in Montreal, Canada.
In all five trips, incoming students agreed that friendships were made and they would definitely recommend a Summer Launch Program to incoming-first year students in the future. Stephanie Goodwin of Upton, MA explained, "I honestly believe that even if an accepted student doesn't want to attend one of the summer launch programs, they should anyways. I think it's an experience you can only have once and no matter how confident you are with moving into college life or your ability to do the work and manage yourself as a young adult, the programs can only help you." She continued, "This experience and the friends I made were enough to ease any apprehensiveness I have about all the changes happening after high school."Each trip had between eight and fifteen incoming students, two to four current student leaders, and one to three staff members present. "Small groups are ideal for making real connections," said junior Marketing major Adam Rowe. "I didn't get to do a summer launch program as an incoming first-year, but I wish I did because the summer launch really provides the students a chance to experience a lot of what makes Champlain such a great community and allows them to get a step ahead in the orientation process."The five trips ran each week, Tuesday through Thursday, throughout June and July. The programs included:
"Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) was the first Summer Launch Program, beginning the summer of 2008," said Director of the IDX Student Life Center, Lisa Mazzariello. "The Class of 2012 was the first to graduate OAP participants." A group of these students approached Mazzariello while on their senior boat cruise this past May, asking for a photo together. "Their friendships really did last all four years of college. Their experiences at Champlain would not have been the same without summer launch."
To read more about the Montreal Service Summer Launch Trip, check out the blog post by student leader, Kayla Hedman at http://assiduousstudent.tumblr.com/post/28147830807/montreal-service-summer-launch
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.