Curious about what is takes to put on a TEDx event? Last weekend, a year's worth of work culminated in a transformative day-long experience known as TEDxMtHood. This was the seventh year that Wayfinding Academy President and Founder, Michelle Jones, was the lead organizer of the event. But for the Wayfinding students on the planning team, as well as those that served as day-of volunteers, it was their first time seeing an event like this from the inside.
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Last weekend a group of six students and community members embarked on a road trip to Ashland, home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Although we each had a varying degrees of experience with theatre we were excited to see what the festival had in store.
A few weeks ago we shared a bit about how we welcomed our second cohort of students with a week-long orientation. Over the past month, they have been digging into their core classes, making new friends, and beginning to explore some big ideas. Our building has been buzzing with continuous energy.
At Wayfinding Academy we are committed to helping students graduate without soul-crushing debt. As a young non-profit college, we have the opportunity to build a different kind of financial model, and we’re not letting that opportunity pass us by.
When the forecast calls for a high of 100 degrees, you’ve got to do something to beat the heat. At Wayfinding Academy, that means a potluck by the river, in this case at the houseboat of a dedicated Wayfinding volunteer. Here’s what a day off looks like for the Wayfinding community.
It's the start of a new school year, and Wayfinding Academy students are kicking it off by welcoming cohort 2 into the student body government that cohort 1 students developed throughout last year.
What happens when 18 new Wayfinding Academy students spend a week in the woods together? One word: Magic.
We're excited to share the first installment of Wayfinding Academy's new weekly documentary series! Join us at our summer all-hands-on-deck retreat as we plan out the new "Show (y)our Work" chief initiative for the upcoming school year.
This term, cohort 1 have been dreaming, being, and participating in the Futures and Citizenship core course alongside internships, independent study, and other projects. Wayfinding Academy Faculty member Sarah Iannarone led this course. This Wayfinding blog shares more about the intersection of society and self.
Before founding Wayfinding Academy, Michelle Jones was a professor at Concordia University and the World Domination Summit (WDS) "Magician". For the five first WDS events, Michelle's mission was to weave the core WDS values of community, adventure, and service into the entire experience. WDS is an in-person gathering right here in Portland, Oregon where individuals with a shared pursuit of changing the world ask the question: How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?
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Building a college from scratch and flipping the higher education system frontwards is no easy feat. It takes passionate teams of people dedicating time, money, energy, and a willingness to learn, stretch, and endure through challenges and setbacks. In our world, one of those teams is the Wayfinding Academy Board of Directors.
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So … you’re thinking of dropping out of college? The first thing I’ll say is this: it’s okay. I’m sure you know this in theory. You’ve probably heard the “college is not for everyone” adage that’s thrown around all over college campuses and beyond.
“College is not for everyone” is often the consolation remark when someone resigns to just not cutting it, not having what it takes, or not being able to afford the wildly high price tag of a college education. But maybe it is not the student who is the wrong match for college, but that college is a bad match for many people.
At Wayfinding Academy, our core values are being human, welcoming adventure, and living life on purpose. In all that we do, we strive to embody these core values.
We are proud of this new college we created from scratch and our alternative, intentional approach to higher education. As we near the end of our first student year, we asked parents of students in cohort 1 to share their perspective on the Wayfinding experience.
Real-world experiences are an important part of our 2-year program. Students get their hands dirty with internships, mentorships, and Learn & Explore trips (like our journey on the Camino in April). All the while, students document their experiences and learnings in a portfolio that they can carry with them far beyond college.
In this first month of Term 3 (and the last term of Year 1!), students started internships and working on pretty awesome projects.
Elizabeth, a member of the inaugural cohort of students, was one of 15 people who went on Wayfinding Academy's first ever Learn & Explore trip to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in April 2017. Not only was Elizabeth a participant, she was also the trip leader for one of the two routes explored during the 15-day journey on foot. In this week's newsletter, Elizabeth shares how the experience was more than just walking for 250+ miles.
For the past few months, the Wayfinding Academy has been working on a new video to help us tell our story to the world, and gather new people into our movement. It's about the power of maybe.
From the early days of Wayfinding, we've been fortunate to have a curious, supportive, and enthusiastic group of followers. We sent the video to them first (Not on our mailing list? Sign up here) and now we're sharing it on our blog.