CCO staff specialist, Sam Van Eman, recently reflected on the importance of our calling within the CCO to help students find their voices:
Occasionally, I let college students get lost in the woods. One time it even happened in the middle of the night. The group had been instructed to reach a certain point on the map in order to set up camp, but outspoken members were ignoring advice from quiet members. Since the aim of the weekend was to improve communication, I let all of them get lost.
Okay, so I knew the area. And I had set parameters. I had taught them to use a map and compass, for example, though they were presently disregarding both. But I also recognized the importance of a lesson to be learned in this particular way by a team that was failing at the goal of the trip.