Adventures in Leadership 2020 Sessions

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Session 1: Zipline, Hike, and Explore Western North Carolina
July 5-9 | $450
Capacity: 24

Participants on Session 1 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Nantahala National Forest. You’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading off to the mountains. We’ll spend a day ziplining through the canopy, getting a bird’s eye view of the trees. Then we’ll spend a few days hiking and exploring one-of-a-kind lakes and trails around Western North Carolina. Each night, we’ll camp in Nantahala. No ziplining or camping experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 3-4 miles of hiking per day on this active session.

Session 2: Paddling on the Outer Banks
July 5-9 | $400
Capacity: 20

Participants on Session 2 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  kayak, surf, sandboard, spend time on the beach, camp, and experience all the local town has to offer. No camping or paddling experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 3-4 miles of hiking or paddling per day on this moderately active session.

 

Session 3: Local Adventures
July 12-15 | $250
Capacity: 30

Participants on Session 3 will explore the local Elon area and stay in a residence hall for part of the program. You’ll also spend time camping at a local park. You’ll be able to spend time getting more familiar with campus resources and participate in a variety of adventures around the local area. Participants should expect to hike, paddle, explore and enjoy nature throughout the week. We’ll introduce you to local ways to get outside and enjoy natural spaces near campus. No experience necessary-we’ll teach you everything you need to know! You can expect about 2-3 miles of hiking or paddling per day on this moderately active session.

Session 4: Standup Paddleboarding and Fishing
July 12-16 | $350
Capacity: 14

Participants on Session 4 will travel to western North Carolina and explore NC’s beautiful mountains and lakes. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading off to the woods. Once there, you’ll learn how to paddleboard, practice your fishing skills, and enjoy some great hikes around the local area. No paddling or fishing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 3-4 miles a day on this active session.

Session 5: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing
July 19-24 | $500
Capacity: 32

Participants on Session 5 will travel to western North Carolina and explore beautiful 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. No rafting or climbing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 4-5 miles of hiking per day on this active session.

Session 6: Backpacking
July 19-24 | $350
Capacity: 24

Participants on Session 6 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 backpacking and camping on the Art Loeb trail before returning to campus. No backpacking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 5-7 miles of hiking per day on this very active session.

Meet the AIL 2020 Staff

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Alexandra Schneider

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I'm a College Fellow with double majors in Journalism and English with a minor in International and Global studies! I'm a big fan of dogs, eating, traveling, movies, camping, and friends. Being a part of AIL changed my Elon experience, giving me support and friendships before I even stepped onto campus. Adventures in Leadership is an incredible, transformative experience! I can't wait for this Summer!

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Brandon Balter

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Hey everyone! I’m currently going down the Business path along with many music courses. I’ve always loved doing anything outside, but my passion mostly revolves around skiing, going to the beach, and rock climbing. I have also been making Hip-Hop/Rap beats for 6 years and will talk about anything music related. Even with the heavy involvement with rap, you will never not hear me blasting Reggae. I look forward to meeting everyone and ready to have an amazing summer!

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Callahan Johnston

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am on the pre-med track. I love animals and being outdoors! I love to draw and watch Netflix. I love AIL because it is a great way to connect with people before college. I’ve met some of the greatest people ever through this program. So glad I participated in it last year! Can’t wait for this summer!

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Caro Layson

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am a Leadership fellow at Elon and I'm majoring in Communication Design and minoring in Leadership Studies as well as Creative Writing. I love being outdoors, am an avid music enthusiast even though I have 0 talent, and if you asked any of my friends they'd say that I am always up for anything. AIL was an amazing experience and I'm so glad I was a part of it as a participant and now as a facilitator! I can't wait for another fun filled summer 🙂

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Dani Toma-Harrold

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Hi! I’m a Teaching Fellow majoring in either Elementary Ed or Secondary English (I can’t decide!) with a minor in African and African American Studies. I enjoy reading, watching movies, baking and running. I love everything about the outdoors: camping, kayaking, hiking, or even just sticking your toes in the grass. AIL was probably one of the best decisions I made before coming to Elon. Going into a new space is always a bit daunting, but I met so many awesome people and it eased my worries about starting school in the fall. This will be a wonderful experience that you will never forget. I can’t wait to meet all of you!

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Eden Ralph

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Heyyy! I am currently majoring in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure, and I'm also working on a double minor in Adventure-Based Learning and Sociology. Other than that, I am a pretty big music nerd so you will often see me at the Center for the Arts. I love all things outdoors, and AIL was an incredible experience for me, as I met some of my best friends through this program. As well as this, AIL transitioned me into the life of an Elon student and eased a lot of my first-year anxieties. I loved this program and I can't wait to do it again- this time as a facilitator- this summer!

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Genevieve Emerson

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Hey hey! I am currently planning on majoring in Dance Science, but might double major in Strategic Communications as well. I love being outdoors, and I particularly enjoy being in the mountains (skiing, hiking, hammocking, simply existing). The experience I had with AIL gave me confidence coming into my freshman year; it also alleviated some of the stress I had from moving across the country by giving me a group of friendly faces I knew right off the bat. Can’t wait to spend time with y’all!!

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Molly Ensalaco

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am currently majoring in exercise science and minoring in Adventure Based Learning. I love to be outside, chill with friends, take naps in my hammock and play with my dogs! Before AIL I planned to be a dance major and I was on a completely different path than I am on now. I am grateful for AIL because it helped my transition to Elon and played an instrumental role in helping me find some of my true passions in life! I cannot wait to meet all of you this summer! 🙂

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Jenna Weber

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am a Communications Design major with minors in Philosophy and Psychology. I love to be outdoors and go on spontaneous adventures especially if they involve food or music! Music festivals, concerts, road trips, and traveling in general are some of my favorite hobbies, and I look forward to a great summer of good memories and great friendships.

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John Sloop

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I’m a possible Strategic Communications major with minors in Leadership Studies, Policy Studies, and Marketing, but we’ll see about that! I love all things outdoors and I have a passion for leadership, and I’m so glad I did AIL last summer. I made friends and had fun doing it, and it’s a fantastic introduction to Elon. I’m all about movies, games, campfires, sports, and campus involvement, so ask me all about it! I look forward to a fun summer, and getting to know some amazing people!

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Louisa Malchodi

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: I am a potential psychology major but I also love biology and learning in general so who knows what will happen! I love theater, skiing, eating yummy food, and traveling. (I have been to 36 states and want to go to all 50!) AIL was an incredible experience for me and helped ease my transition to college by allowing me to meet awesome people, become a part of a great community and have fun outdoors. I’m super excited for many more adventures this summer!

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Michael Collier-Melendez

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me : I was born in Honduras, and moved to America in 2014! I’m a Communications major with a possible Theatre Arts minor. My passions lie in the performing arts. One really crazy thing about me is that I actually love to eat mashed up cornflakes (think oatmeal). Now here’s why AIL is so great: it will set the standard for how incredible the next year is gonna be for our incoming students. Trust me, there’s nothing more life changing then being placed together with strangers and walking out as a family.

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Nathaniel Brawley-Magee

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me: Growing up I've always loved everything the outdoors has to offer, from hiking and climbing to fishing. So when I first heard about Elon's AIL program, I knew I had to be a part of it. I am an environmental science and sustainability major and that is because of my love for the environment and the outdoors. I hope all of you have an amazing AIL experience like I did.

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Noah Bruns

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me : Hi everyone! I am a Business Management major with minors in Economics and Data Analytics. I love to hang out with friends, swimming, listening to music, scuba diving, and of course, be outdoors! I live in the Outdoor Living Learning Community in the Virginia residence hall. Being part of AIL was one of the best decisions I could have made before coming to Elon. I didn’t know anyone coming to Elon, and AIL helped me form friendships that helped me adjust to college life and that will last a lifetime. I’m so excited to meet all of you and have a great summer together!

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Veronica Holtschlag

Year: Sophomore

A Little About Me : I’m currently going to major in something business related, although I haven’t decided quite what yet. I would also love to double minor in German and creative writing if that all fits into my schedule. Outside of school I love to go camping and read a book on the beach. You can usually find me making friendship bracelets or kicking a soccer ball! AIL was the best thing I did during my first year at Elon and I made friends that will last me a lifetime.

 

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