I wanted to personally thank you for the wonderful program and experience that my daughter had at Directions recently. She made several new friends and is truly excited about heading off to college. We look forward to this new era in her life and appreciate your efforts in helping to make the transition a smooth one. - a parent
Directions is where you learn about yourself, others and make friends that will last throughout your college career. You learn to face your fears and know that they really are not that big. It’s an experience that can change your life and open your eyes for opportunities - Sara
Directions is a great opportunity to meet new friends before arriving at Georgetown. It is an experience that willĀ prepare you for college while you learn, grow, and plan for the coming y ear. Some of my best friends in college are students that I met on Directions. Through the ropes course, the leadership activities and all the other fun memories you will make you come to Georgetown with friends people will think you have known for years. My favorite part was the last night when we got back to Georgetown. Me and a few other girls slept on the sidewalk in the quad, after staying up till almost 6 talking.Ā We still to this day remember some of the conversations we had. Directions was a true bonding experience and I would recommend it to anyone! - Cortnehy
Directions was the best decision I made after I decided to go to Georgetown.Ā It made my first week on campus so much easier, it also provided me with some pretty tight friendships that are still strong still last today. - Kellsey
An account of the Directions experience from Ryan, an incoming Global Scholar
We met at the Grille below the Student Center at 1 today. Iām going to admit that at first it is very awkward not knowing a single person. Luckily a guy named Jon (another Global Scholar) stepped out of his comfort zone and we found common ground and Iāve been comfortable around him and the guys ever since. The ride was awkward because the icebreaker games where you are forced to talk to people arenāt the type of things I like. Nevertheless, I have made some new acquaintances and people that may be good friends in a couple days. Iām pretty sure Directions is a required activity for Global Scholarsā¦even so, I was excited to do it anyway. Itās amazing to see the differences in people and how they work together.
Today we did a couple of group cooperation activities on the low ropes course. Iām not a fan of the spider web but the balancing activity was fun for me b/c I got to be myself and have a good time. People have their own opinions but I just think itās about getting to meet new people and having a good time. Itās that simple. Thatās the main reason Iām hereā¦to meet new people and thatās it. Overall, I think the trip will be good b/c Iāll be able to make some friends and possibly have classes and be able to communicate with them after camp and when college starts.
Today was fun. Woke up at 7 to a very rainy sky. My leader, Dan, who is a sophomore has a similar sense of humor to me. We joke about a lot of things. In the morning we did service projects. My job was staining some staircases with a girl named Kate. I tried to get us to be partners b/c I wanted to get to know her better. We talked the whole time and I think sheās really nice. One fun and rewarding feeling at Directions is walking into the air conditioned cabin. I really like hanging out and just playing guitar in there. Met a new camp counselor nicknamed Bacca. Heās funny and he was the guy driving my boat while I was on the lake. Iām getting to be more and more comfortable around every person here and itās just really cool to connect to different people. Right now Iām sitting at a camp outside my kayak departure point. Looking forward to eating some dinner. By the way, the food is great.
Itās still day 2ā¦it was too rainy to have a campfire on the beach so we had one inside. Everyoneās conversing in groups and Iām just going around to each. Two leaders, Bacca and Deuce, played some songs. Afterā¦ I jammed with Deuce and it was a lot of fun. Everyoneās seeming to mesh really good and Iām trying to be very aware of how all of us interact.
Last night was great b/c Jon and I slept on the couches in the lobby. Very comfortable. I just got back from the high course tower. Today was really fun b/c I was able to overcome my fear of heights by climbing to the top and zip-lining down. I have to admit, it was rather scaryā¦ but like Koeppe says, āChallenge by choiceāā¦and I chose to do something out of my comfort zone. Something this camp has helped me with a lot. Right now, weāre packing getting ready to head back to Georgetown. I canāt wait for lunch. One thing a Directions camper always loves is a good meal b/c there is never a dull moment and that usually keeps me hungry.
We are in the bus getting ready to head back to Georgetown. Steve is driving. Iām looking forward to getting back the college b/c I really want to get to know the campus better. We have a ārealā campus tour tonight where we are going to learn all the āimportantā things about college and campus life. About the bus ride back, we will have activities for a little bit then we may get a chance to SLEEP!
We just ate dinner at Favaās, a locally owned restaurant in Georgetown. I can honestly say this place has one of the best burgers Iāve ever eaten. Potato chips too. Iām the only guy at an all girls table so thatās pretty interesting. I better get used to being outnumbered by girls at Georgetownā¦itās not so bad!
Tonight was the last night and it was so special and moving. We gave each other encouraging notes and it was so wonderful to see what other people said. Iām really going to miss these people but itās so comforting to know that theyāll be at Gtown soon. Itās going to be marvelous when we meet again.
At the beginning of the trip, we were all outside the circle and everything was awkward. Now, we are all inside the circle and we trust everyone like we trust great friends. And I can honestly say my guess was right. They are great friends and have become great friends in two days.
I anticipate greatly the day in which Iāll see them again.