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This summer, FASET Orientation, in partnership with Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) will lead its sixth annual Tech Treks Adventure Programs.

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This summer, FASET Orientation, in partnership with Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) will lead its sixth annual Tech Treks Adventure Programs. These optional outdoor adventure series offer three day, nine day, or eleven day expeditions to give incoming freshman a chance to mix and mingle with upperclass students and meet their fellow classmates in a unique and memorable way.

This summer, FASET Orientation, in partnership with Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) will lead its sixth annual Tech Treks Adventure Programs. These optional outdoor adventure series offer three day, nine day, or eleven day expeditions to give incoming freshman a chance to mix and mingle with upperclass students and meet their fellow classmates in a unique and memorable way.

These adventures are designed to help students cope with the inevitable challenges of life at college such as navigating the academic rigors of Georgia Tech and adjusting to the new frontiers of life on their own. Students will be challenged to do their best, to look inward, and to plan for success.

Georgia Tech staff members and upperclassman student guides will give advice and information on how to succeed at Tech – dealing with professors, getting help from all of Tech’s services, and developing a strategy for a fun but safe social life.

According to Matt Marcus, Georgia Tech’s Adventure Recreation Coordinator, “Creating a new support system and making friends, finding resources to help with new challenges, and setting achievable goals are the keys to success at Georgia Tech and the keys to success on these adventures. Adventure orientation programs have been very popular at colleges for decades. Over the last few years, more and more universities have added these important programs. Six years ago, we created the first Tech Treks program for incoming freshman – it was just one long weekend of camping and rafting for 30 students. This summer we will have eight adventures for up to 200 students covering a total of 56 days.”

These expeditions are beginner friendly but do range in degree of commitment.

The three day Tech Treks Southeast programs are great for students who have never camped out before and just want a fun weekend getaway with fellow students doing some great activities like rafting and rock climbing. Don't worry - Tech provides all the needed gear and equipment as well as training. Best of all, these trips take place just before or right after the FASET sessions. Note: students can sign up for any Tech Treks Southeast dates even if it does not coincide with their respective FASET session. Click here for more information.

The Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Trek is a medium sized adventure - nine days of canoe camping that is beginner friendly and includes rock climbing and a tour of the International Wolf Center. Students will assist researchers with tracking wolves using radio telemetry, all while camping under star-filled skies with fellow students. Click here for more information.

Tech’s amazing Tech Treks Alaska Adventure is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Students join other incoming Georgia Tech classmates on an 11-day Alaskan Adventure that includes backpacking, glacier ice climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. Click here to view a video from Tech Treks Alaska. For complete information on this trip, click here.

Students from past trips form strong friendships and tend to be best friends throughout college. In our post program surveys a month after school classes had started, students had some great things to say about the trips’ impact including:

“This trip helped prepare me for the huge shift from living at home to being independent, from little things like learning to cook pasta and doing laundry to being more responsible and taking initiative.”

“I feel like I'm much better at breaking out of my shell as far as meeting and connecting with new people and by way of talking myself into trying new experiences.”

These incredible opportunities provide a great way for students to meet other incoming students, increase their social network, reflect on their upcoming journey, get answers to difficult questions, and spend some quality time in the great outdoors! All trips are led by Georgia Tech professional staff, upper-class students, and professional guides for the technical activities. Visit the ORGT website.

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  • Created On: May 8, 2012 - 11:09am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:12pm