Adventures in Leadership 2019 Programs

Session 1: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing
July 6-11 | $500

Participants on Session 1 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest. You’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading to Pisgah. We’ll spend a day on the river, learning how to whitewater raft and practicing skills. Then we’ll spend a day rock climbing and canyoneering in one of the best climbing spots in the Southeast before hiking and exploring waterfalls around western North Carolina. Each night, we’ll camp in Pisgah. No rafting or climbing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Session 2: Mountain Biking
July 7-11 | $400

Participants on Session 2 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest, the home of some great mountain biking trails. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading out west. You’ll have the chance to hone your mountain bike skills on a variety of trails. During the day, we’ll explore beautiful scenery on our bikes and have the chance to check out waterfalls and local lakes. Each night, we’ll camp in Pisgah. No mountain biking experience is required–we’ll teach you everything!

Session 3: Local Adventures
July 14-17 | $200

Participants on Session 3 will stay in a residence hall for part of the program. The other part will be spent camping at a local park. We’ll spend time getting more familiar with campus resources and then participate in a variety of adventures around the local area. Participants should expect to hike, paddle, explore and be active throughout the week. We’ll introduce you to local ways to get outside and enjoy nature while at school.

Session 4: Sea Kayaking

July 14-18 | $450

Participants on Session 4 will travel to eastern North Carolina and explore NC’s beautiful beaches. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading off to the coast. Once there, you’ll learn how to kayak and have a chance to practice your skills before we set off on the open water. We’ll camp on barrier islands and explore local communities. No kayaking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Session 5: Backpacking
July 21-26 | $300

Participants on Session 5 will meet at Elon before heading off to Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina for a week of backpacking. We use our time on campus to introduce you to Elon and teach you the skills you’ll need while on the trail. We will spend 3 days and nights on the Art Loeb trail before returning to campus. No backpacking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Meet the AIL 2019 Staff

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Dominique Rousseau

Hometown: Hillsborough, NC

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am a Leadership Fellow double majoring in Strategic Communications and Marketing... although, I wanted to be a doctor a year ago so who knows! I love all animals, big and small, I love to travel, (have been to over 25 countries), and I will eat basically anything! AIL was the best experience I ever had because it taught me important outdoor skills and introduced me to life long friends.

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Deena Elrefai

Hometown: Leesburg, VA

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am a College Fellow double majoring in International and Global Studies and Spanish with a minor in Public Health Studies. I love being challenged, meeting new people, and getting outdoors! I also love traveling, eating new foods, fanny packs, and spending time with friends and family. Participating in AIL was the best decision I made before coming to school! It introduced me to some of my best friends and renewed my passion for the outdoors.

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Grace Contino

Hometown: Northport, NY

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Hey there! On campus, I live in Elon's Outdoor Living Learning Community housed in Virginia Hall. My major is Environmental Science, and I am minoring in Spanish and Adventure-Based Learning. Participating in AIL was the best decision I could've made to ease my transition into college. Joining this community of students and faculty has helped me to feel more confident and comfortable fitting in at Elon and meeting people. It provided me with a strong foundation of lasting friendships and good memories that I'll carry with me after college.

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Jacob Hyle

Hometown: Burlington, NC

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Some of my favorite things to do are singing, hiking, and photography. I am a double major in Cinema and Television Arts and Adventure Based Learning!

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Lizzy Weber

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Year: Junior

A Little About Me: I’m a rising junior and I am currently going to major in either Journalism or History. My passions in life include singing (and dancing), running, reading, studying history, doing creative projects, playing cards with my family, listening to music and spending time with friends! During AIL I met wonderful people, had some great conversations, stargazed, laughed, got out of my comfort zone, and made some memories that I will never forget.

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Savannah Kile

Hometown: Point Lookout, NY

Year: Junior

A Little About Me: I am a rising junior and I am majoring in biochemistry! I am always up for a game of volleyball or ping pong, and while I don't have the best voice out there, I love to sing. Going on AIL was a life changing experience. It made me more confident in myself, calmed my nerves about starting at Elon, fostered a new passion for the outdoors and introduced me to some of my best friends.

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Topher Coomer

Hometown: Hunstville, AL

Year: Junior

A Little About Me: AIL is an amazing experience that I have had the privilege of being a part of for 2 years. The bonds of friendship that are made on this adventure are shared by all of the participants and go through all of college. This not only forms strong bonds but also allows participants to find leadership and courage within themselves.

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Kara Friske

Hometown: Kohler, WI

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I'm currently considering a double major in Policy Studies and Economics, but that could always change. I love swimming, sunsets, spending time with my family, the beach, singing, laughing, and, of course, all things outdoors! AIL was an amazing, transformative experience for me - it gave me friendships, confidence, and a support system which helped ease my transition to Elon. I have unforgettable memories from AIL, and I can't wait to make more this summer with you!

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Molly Healy

Hometown: Mountainside, NJ

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am a majoring in International and Global Studies, with a minor in dance. I love sunsets, everything bagels, history, and Disney. I also am a huge music and movie nerd- my favorites being 70s-80s rock and Star Wars! AIL really eased my transition to college and I met some of my best friends here. Being pushed out of your comfort zone and encouraged to be your most authentic self gives you the confidence to take on your freshman year, with a newfound support system.

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Whitney Miller

Hometown: Glenmoore, PA

Year: Senior

A Little About Me: I am double majoring in Journalism and International Relations with minors in History and Professional Writing. I love to be outdoors and to travel. Meeting new people is so exciting! AIL was one of my best experiences in college and I met so many of my close friends through the program! I can't wait for this summer!

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Ryan Monkman

Hometown: Wauconda, IL

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Hi! I am a Psychology major with a double minor in Criminal Justice Studies and Neuroscience. I didn’t really know anyone before coming to Elon, and AIL was a fun and exciting way for me to meet new people before coming to campus. I’m looking forward to meeting and mentoring the new group of AIL participants this summer!

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Chris Dimedio

Hometown: Newtown, PA

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me : I am a Business Administration major with a double minor in Philosophy and Leadership. I love playing every sport you can think of and am always doing something fun outside like hiking, kayaking, or mountain biking. Here at Elon I am a Leadership Fellow and a part of the Adventures in Leadership facilitating team! I am so excited to meet all of you and have an amazing summer together!

 

Adventures In Leadership has been the best experience I’ve had at Elon. It opened my eyes to new ways of learning. It has opened the door to countless opportunities for me at Elon, including my minor, and most importantly it brought me to my best friends and helped me create lasting relationships with students and faculty members. AIL is the reason that I love Elon, and I will be forever grateful to this program for molding me into my best self, and fostering my love of the outdoors.

-Nicole Roberts ’20