Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Oliver Mednick

Activities? I am playing ultimate Frisbee, going on Outdoors Club trips and exploring the Wheaton Woods.We made our knives that we would use every day on the trail, our gators, anoraks, mounted the bindings our own skis and made all of our own food…

Why Wheaton? I most like the community that you can find on campus.  I love the people I am living with now, and my friends elsewhere.

Favorite professor? Currently my favorite professor is Professor Polanichka, because she is excited about what she teaches, and she has a great sense of humor that she shares.

My 600-mile journey by ski and canoe: I went on a 600-mile journey with 12 other students and two teachers through Kroka Expeditions. The organization is a stand-alone program that operates out of Marlow, New Hampshire. One of our teachers was a man by the name of Nate Johnson, who has done a lot of teaching about and living with indigenous skills. He was extremely knowledgeable about everything we did, and more if you asked the right questions. The breadth of his knowledge was astounding.

For the program, I traveled up the length of Vermont on the Catamount Trail and then canoed down on the Connecticut River. We made our knives that we would use every day on the trail, our gators, anoraks (a winter shell), mounted the bindings our own skis and made all of our own food for the entire winter journey. In the spring, we made pack baskets from the pounding of the Ash tree logs to the weaving of the strips, build a wood and canvas canoe, carved our own paddles and foraged for much of our food in the spring. We learned all the trees in VT and NH, learned how to white water canoe, Wilderness First Aid, how to tan hides and make moccasins and much more.

Most thrilling adventure? It’s kind of cheating to use it twice, but Kroka was far and away my most thrilling adventure. Thrilling especially on the day when we all got soaked from the river, and then it started to snow and I am told I started to talk nonsense.