Put the ‘act’ in activities

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Student life should plan more adventures like kayaking trip. 

The office of student life strives to “foster camaraderie, a sense of community and personal growth” by sponsoring campus activities. 

This semester, those have included Karaoke Mondays, 7-on-7 flag football and pumpkin decorating. 

While entertaining to some, none are as enticing and exciting as an off-campus activity this semester — a free kayaking adventure tour. 

Student life really scored Oct. 21 when the staff gave students an opportunity to participate in a two-hour guided tour down the San Antonio River. 

This was the first kayaking experience for some of the 15 students who participated. Some students were not even aware that a portion of the San Antonio River is open to kayakers. 

Investing in off-campus activities gives students opportunities to enhance camaraderie with peers, explore their community and enhance personal growth. 

Going off-campus is an effective way to get students out of their comfort zones and encourage them to meet, interact and bond with peers. 

Student life should look into off-campus activities in this city and surrounding areas that offer students free or discounted experiences. 

Northwest Vista’s student life offers “Outdoor Pursuit.” The webpage describes this as a way to “get students outside, interact, disconnect, belong, release stress, and to explore the beautiful South Texas areas, from San Antonio’s small parks to the surrounding Hill Country.” 

They also offer off-campus zip lining, wind surfing and rock climbing. 

These activities may require payment, but the fee is substantially discounted thanks to the $1-per-credit-hour student activity fee each student pays. 

Those sound like activities that can “foster camaraderie, a sense of community and personal growth.” 


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