Gustavus Outdoor Enthusiasts

Posted on April 17th, 2007 by

For me, an exciting aspect of college is the seemingly infinite number of student groups that Gusties can participate in. The list of active groups at Gustavus is pretty incredible, and I feel that there is an organization for almost every student interest. Check out this impressive list here.

One student group that I decided to join boasts the electric name Gustavus Outdoor Enthusiasts (GOE). The mission of GOE is to provide a, “…cooperative, common adventure program open to all Gustavus students, faculty, and staff. Activities and trips vary from weekday afternoon outings near campus to full day weekend adventures to extended trips during breaks.” I had some prior interest in camping and canoeing, so I decided to give GOE a try.

Through GOE I have had the opportunity to canoe on the Blue Earth River, snowshoe, kayak, camp, and hike. Most of these activities occurred during a single day. However, during academic breaks, some GOEBlue Earth River participants go on much more extensive trips. For example, this past spring break, some members of GOE traveled to Costa Rica and took advantage of the special natural environment of that country.

GOE is unique because it is an organization that thrives on student ideas and initiative. Any student who wants to gather some of their peers together and participate in an outdoor event can propose their idea and make it happen.

Life at Gustavus, for many students, is full of academics, sports, theater, and other activities. College is busy! To add to the wonderful and busy lifestyle of a student, Gustavus offers many student groups. I have found that choosing a select couple of these groups to be a part of has allowed me to meet some new people, try some new things, and still have time for everything else in my life.

GOE has turned out to be a great fit for my interests. At the same time, there are plenty of other groups that seem just as wonderful and I appreciate this student organization diversity that is present at Gustavus.



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