First Ascent Scholars bond on the river

Earlier in the semester, first-year First Ascent Scholars program students took a rafting trip to the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur, Colorado. They spent three days and two nights camping and floating down the Green River.

While on the river, students were engaged in team building, connecting with their fellow First Ascent Scholars, and gaining insights into the principles of BUS 3800. BUS 3800 is a course focused on Leadership for a Better World, offering students a framework for mutual support through community-building initiatives. The unique experience led to enduring bonds among the First Ascent cohort of students.

“I would have never thought I would be river rafting,” said Mirna Zeferino. “It was very intimidating when Luis and Javante told us we would be camping and river rafting, but once I was in the experience, I realized I had nothing to worry about. It was such a beautiful experience, and I am very appreciative of this opportunity that First Ascent gave me.”

The First Ascent Scholars Program cultivates, encourages, and enables academically focused students with significant financial need to attend the Eccles School and connect with the University of Utah, local, and global community while reaching their full academic potential. For more information, visit Eccles.Link/first-ascent.

Shannon Yanes is a junior studying Marketing with minors in Information Systems and Business Analytics at the David Eccles School of Business. She is currently an intern for Marketing + Communications at the Eccles School and a Campus Ambassador for the University of Utah.

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