Class of 2013 Prepares for Future at Rocky Mountain National Park

posted 2012.09.21

The Class of 2013 traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park this fall for their senior retreat. The seniors participated in thought-provoking activities that addressed the transition from their roles as Park Scholars to alumni. Discussions incorporated topics such as making contributions to their communities and maintaining connections with the program and NC State.

The Class of 2013 on their senior retreat in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Class of 2013 on their senior retreat in Rocky Mountain National Park.

“The trip truly reunited us as a class,” says senior retreat committee co-chair John Miller ‘13. “I loved being able to renew my friendships and discuss future goals, all while taking in an incredible view of the mountains.”

The class was joined by Park alumni Kristoph Kleiner ‘09, Ryan Neely ‘09, Matt Pender ‘06, Tyler Pool Pender ‘06, Emily Rader-Neely ‘09, Michele Tam ‘00, BJ Ward ‘09, and Hannah Whitaker ‘06. These alumni assisted the seniors in developing goals and aspirations for the future.

While in Colorado, the group rode horses, rafted on the Colorado River, and hiked along the shores of Bear Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake. The senior retreat is held in a national park each year to allow students the opportunity to engage with nature and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s environmental, cultural, and historical resources.

“Nestled between mountain peaks and glaciers, this retreat experience allowed us to examine where we have come from and where we are headed,” says committee co-chair Gretchen Stokes ‘13. “The resources, enrichment, and intellect of the Park community will continue to be an integral part of our lives as we each begin our next chapter.”