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.
Annie, a current student, tells us a bit more about a project she is taking part in...
"The seeds of the DFSS were actually planted in Term One as a bunch of us got together to discuss creative ways to pay for college. This discussion quickly transitioned into one about the greater problem of student debt in this country, and our desire to try to do something about it..."
The Wayfinding Way is to approach everything with intention and care for community.
This past Sunday, our second annual Wayfinder Weekend came to a close. We had over 60 incredible people from all over the country join us to refresh their purpose, learn new skills, and grow their community. Together, we...
Over the past few months, we have been getting to know prospective students through incredible conversations and our intentionally-designed, human-centered approach to college applications. Our match making process is significantly different from most colleges' admissions process. It is different on purpose...
This term, one of our core courses is Understanding Ourselves and Others. Wayfinding Academy Founder and Faculty member, Michelle Jones, gives us a closer look through her lens.
For the past 9 weeks, I have spent every Tuesday and Thursday morning in class with the students in the...
It’s hard to believe, but our March 10th priority deadline for Cohort 2 is fast approaching and we’ve started to review applications! This next cohort will join us as we continue laying the foundation for something truly special at Wayfinding Academy.
Hear from Justin & Clara (current students) about their Wayfinding experience...
On February 17, 2015 I booked a hotel room in my hometown of Portland, Oregon (a thing I do a few times per year when I have a big project I need to focus on) and submitted the official legal documents to bring the Wayfinding Academy into existence.
There have been many momentous days in the past two years since I officially started my own college, but February 17th will always have a special place in our history (and in the IRS database of non-profit organizations).
In about a week the very first Wayfinding Academy fall term will come to a close. Our students have been up to all sorts of exciting things, including attending our first two full length Labs alongside some wonderful community members. In the 2016-2017 year we're offering about a dozen Labs that are each 12 hours long. Lab topics vary, but they are designed to be useful across disciplines so both students and community members can get great benefit from attending.
Our first Lab this term was Food Culture Explorers taught by Gina Lorubbio of the American Heirloom Project. Participants explored questions such as:
As you may remember from a newsletter we sent last February, one of our core values is Adventure and just as we will encourage students to stretch and explore themselves and the world, we encourage our crew members to do the same.
During the past few weeks our team has been spread across the world having adventures and stretching - Tim has been in France with his wife visiting her family, Bjarke and Gina hosted their wedding in the countryside in Italy, Michelle visited Italy for the wedding and caught part of the Palio in Siena while there, Tina summited Mt. Adams in Washington, and Colin is in Alaska leading outdoor exploration trips for youth...