For the second semester on our round two of Columbus to do list, to experience what Columbus has to offer I choose to attend three clinics at the OAC. The point of the clinics are to teach you and allow growth in outdoor adventure skills. The first clinic I participated in was the Belay clinic with fellow ENR members, as described in my first post. The second clinic I participated in was the Kayak Roll. A clinic that is based on fun and safety; the majority of the session revolved on safety and what to do in any circumstances of distress if you find yourself out on water in a kayak. Skills such as removing yourself from the compartment you’re sitting and freeing oneself if flipped. Then came the fun part of the event was rolling the kayak in circles. Being able to flip the kayak around and have no worries but also knowing you were prepared for the worst if your capped sized and must escape. The third and final clinic I participated in was the intro to Qajaasaarneq. Qajaasaarneq is seen as an exercise and training system. The whole thing itself is when you suspend yourself on two ropes parallel to each other and perform different actions on the ropes themselves. Contorting and spinning around and especially having a strong balance.
The Columbus to do list this semester I wanted to push the barriers that is why I choose to do the Outdoor Adventure Center clinics to broaden my skills and try something new. Overall from this semesters project of the to do list I found the Belay clinic to be my favorite activity. I preferred the belay clinic overall was fascinating to me because it was something I don’t get to see around often when it comes to rock climbing. Being from Florida kayaks and skills for being out in the water alone or with a giant group of people is more so a norm for me, therefore the clinic was a fun experience but wasn’t necessarily something new in my experiences. Especially being able to enjoy the experience with my roommate and learn together hands on climbing the wall and taking turns belaying for one another. Those were memories that make the semester special and skills worth learning when with friends.
This semester I learned that our school’s outdoor adventure center and its activities are one in a million to take advantage of. The center offers so many opportunities of clinics from learning sessions to our on the field hands on learning. Being able to take advantage of that allows for so much growth especially at this time in our lives. The three clinics I participated in have sparked my interest to get involved more when I return to school next year to keep learning and experiencing new skills. Overall the OAC offers so much and I would recommend anyone to go visit the center themselves. They have so many different clinics and sessions that anyone is bound to find something that interests them and meet people with similar taste.
The overall month challenge was an interesting experience. I learned that there is a lot in this day and age we take for granted that have a large impact on our world around us. The challenges I gave myself were in a way tricky I feel just for having to remind myself to perform them from my usual tasks. Such as waking up just unplugging my phone from the charger I would need to unplug all my electronics on the outlet. Little things such as that tend to slip many peoples’ minds but consume copious amounts of energy for doing nothing. Also that even larger task take such as walking over cars for transportation’s provide improvement to our world and our daily lives to take in all around us. I have learned about myself this month that I am always typically go, go, go; and that in retrospect it is normal for a college student to be on the run. But if taken just a slight moment or a little decision can have an impact and won’t take much longer in your day to perform. Through the month I have enjoyed challenging myself and learning new ways I can make an impact through actions in my daily life to reduce my carbon foot print. I love the thought of continuing the actions to reduce my carbon output. Will I continue all the tasks I did exactly this month, no I will not. Yet I will find ways to incorporate tasks that fit my schedule and life style to make a difference. Such as I originally suggested in my thought on the Earth month challenge to come of ideas I will convert some of those to a reality. One such example will be adding power strips around my rooms that I can have everything plugged into and that I can turn off when not in use to save electricity use. Other tasks can be such as carpooling to reduce how many cars on the road that emitting toxins into our air. The challenge area I choose was an interesting one that I am glad I tried; however I would try another area of reducing my foot print to broaden my actions of ways to reduce and help the earth. The challenge for Earth month was an excellent learning experience and I am glad I was able to try it along with my roommates for support and learn my overall impact and what I can change.
The third week has flown by and time for Earth month is coming around but the Co2 levels I and many of us emit is lowering. Plus the financial savings add up. The third week was a little different compared to my first two. The first two weeks were simple steps to lead to larger milestones I can take to reduce my footprint. My third week I walked over transportation of my car or a bus if not necessary. It went well overall, took extra steps though for me make a larger impact. Simple acts of going to the store, when I typically would grab my car or going to shore north using a bus, I would walk to these places over the typical transportation. I learned that taking a walk over the usual transportation, even though it takes a little longer is overall enjoyable. The walk is a chance to get outside and admire the beauty and best of all benefit the world around us. For the coming up week I expect to have the greatest challenge but of course for the last week I want to take a large challenge!
The second week of our Earth month challenge has passed and overall seemed a lot easier. The overall challenge for the full month is to take initiative and once the action begins it all starts rolling into place. My goal this week was being active in our room and places I’m in to use less electricity such as if the room has no one in it that the lights and electronics are all off. Also this week was coinciding with my first week’s challenge of unplugging all electronics not in use; overall goal to reduce electricity consumption that is unnecessary. Over the second week I learned that there are multiple ways for more efficient lighting. Such as opening more windows, however if it is your actual home you could take a step to buy light bulbs that last longer and safe energy themselves. The tasks you can take such as lights and unplugging are still minor but bring a large impact especially over time. The second weekend is over and thus comes around the third week which again I plan to add on with more tasks. This coming up week I plan to reduce my use of cars and buses. My plan is to walk more so over any form of transportation to reduce use of gas and emissions from vehicles. From the 2 weeks and persisting on I learned that the constant reminder I had to give myself from the first week was challenging to remember the little tasks but as I continue to perform the actions it has become easier to remember if not habit.