From internships to independent studies, our students are rocking Term 3

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From internships to independent studies, our students are rocking Term 3

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.

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The Camino de Santiago: More than just walking 250+ miles from point A to B

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The Camino de Santiago: More than just walking 250+ miles from point A to B

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.

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Maybe: the new Wayfinding Academy video

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Maybe: the new Wayfinding Academy video

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.

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Our Students are Revolutionizing the Way we Think about Debt

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Our Students are Revolutionizing the Way we Think about Debt

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..."

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The Wayfinder Way - In person Experiences

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The Wayfinder Way - In person Experiences

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...

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Building Cohort 2!

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Building Cohort 2!

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...

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It's Our Anniversary!

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It's Our Anniversary!

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).

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Food, Travel, and Starting New Projects

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:

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Living Out Our Core Values: Adventure

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...

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How to Pull Off the Impossible: 3 BIG Announcements

In the past three weeks, we have

  1. Enrolled our first students. 
  2. Received official approval from the State of Oregon to grant degrees. 
  3. Signed the papers for the purchase of our campus building.

At first, these tasks seemed intimidating and far-flung...

  • How will we find a students who will put their trust in us during our first year?
  • How will our tiny, unconventional college survive the same approval process as the behemoth institutions?

  • How will we afford a $1 million dollar building?

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State of the Academy - Issue #1

Greetings Wayfinding community!

We’ve received feedback that you are enjoying behind-the-scenes glimpses into our process of creating a college from scratch. So, we’re starting a monthly series of progress updates from me, as Founder and President, on the state of the Academy...

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Commencement Day: Turning Higher Education Frontwards

After countless hours of plotting logistics, handcrafting invitations, and conspiring with supporters of our prospective students, we can now tell you what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

From June 1st through June 3rd, we dispatched Crew and Luminaries across the country to surprise students with tailored invitations and caps and gowns that represent our quest to flip the backwards higher education system frontwards...

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Find Your Fit Day Recap

This week, we’re coming at you with some very special news. Last Sunday was ‘Find Your Fit Day,’ and we gathered potential students who might be part of our first-ever cohort so we could all get to know each other better.

The building was abuzz; we’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time. It was surreal to watch students come through the door that morning...

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