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.

This is an exciting time for our students, but also for our entire crew. For months we’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our newest students. We spend a lot of the year wondering where our next cohort will come from, what ambitions and dreams they’ll have, what new things they’ll teach us, and how our community will grow with their arrival. Now that they are here, it’s been so fun getting to know each of them. We thought you might be curious about some of these things too, so we wanted to share a little more about them.

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Our second cohort includes students just out of high school, entrepreneurs, event planners, parents, musicians, activists, and writers. They range in age from 18 to 42 years old (with an average age of 22), and more than ⅔ of them have tried college previously in one form or another.

They come with big questions they hope to answer in the next two years including: 

  • “What should I do with my life?”

  • “What hidden talents do I have?”

  • “How can I compassionately push myself to do great things?”

  • “Do I have to choose between pursuing a career I'm passionate about and pursuing a career that will support me?”

  • “How can I use my art and writing to bring about positive change in the world?”

These students join ten students in our first cohort who are continuing to explore their own passions, and who are looking forward to what this final year at Wayfinding will bring. In addition to helping our second cohort get settled, our first cohort is actively thinking about where they’d like their second internship to take place this winter, what Labs they’d like to sign up for, and what their final portfolio projects will look like.

Over the past year we’ve had the honor of watching them hone their talents and discover their true passions, which include philosophy, metal working, makeup design, creative dance, event planning, art, construction, and more. They continue to build strong relationships with mentors and Luminaries and several of them already have ideas for ‘life after Wayfinding’.

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We can’t wait to see what big things these students will accomplish during their time at Wayfinding and beyond!

If this is the kind of community you or someone you know might be interested in joining, stay tuned! Our next prospective student Open House is coming up on November 4th, and you can learn more about being a student right here.

Want to learn a bit more about a few of our newest students? Check out the latest episode of This is Wayfinding, in which you'll hear directly from Liam and Bora!

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