Bridge Adventure is a new program at Texas Tech University in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Open to all students of all majors at Texas Tech, Bridge Adventure is funded through the USDA-NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program. The program aims to strengthen diversity and inclusion through experiential learning in outdoor environments.
Why apply to Bridge Adventure? Here are five reasons why you should consider applying for this new and exciting program at Texas Tech.
- Find Community. The outdoors is a great place to not only learn about yourself, but to build lasting relationships and connections with other students. You’ve never spent much time in the “Great Outdoors” you say? Or maybe you’ve never stayed out all night in a tent? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be an outdoors expert to succeed in Bridge Adventure. The program will connect students with campus resources and create novel experiential learning opportunities while fostering diversity and inclusion through transformative learning.
- Personal Growth. Maybe you are still figuring out this college thing, or perhaps you are still trying to find where you fit. Research suggests students who engage in high-impact learning experiences are more likely to finish college. A key goal of Bridge Adventure is to increase retention rates among its students through experiential learning activities that include outdoor adventure excursions, mentored research, and alternative service breaks – all strengthened by team planning and reflection activities.
- Be a Part of Something New. Bridge Adventure is a brand new program. Funded by a federal grant in 2020, this program is just getting started. Applications are open spring through summer 2021, with the first round of applications being reviewed by May 15. Maybe your first adventure is applying for a new program. Be a trailblazer and apply for the Bridge Adventure’s first cohort.
- Enjoy the Outdoors. Spending time outside is a proven way to improve your mood, your health, and even your motivation. Need an extra boost to be successful on campus? Perhaps some fresh air, an inclusive learning community of students and faculty, and an opportunity to push your own personal boundaries is just what you need.
- Mentored Field Research. Bridge Adventure is more than just a series of outdoor experiences. Student participants will work directly with CASNR faculty to run a research project identifying a problem, developing a methodology, collecting and analyzing data and presenting the findings. There will also be opportunities to photograph your adventures and blog about your learning experiences through the program.
Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to the Bridge Adventure team today.