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

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

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

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

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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"We are Humans to be Cultivated" - Sneak peek into our application!

"We are Humans to be Cultivated" - Sneak peek into our application!

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...

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We're Learning About 'Understanding Ourselves and Others'

We're Learning About 'Understanding Ourselves and Others'

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...

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A Closer Look Inside the Classroom

A Closer Look Inside the Classroom

Curious about what goes on inside our classroom? Faculty member David Rikert gives us a closer look at the core course, Engaging with Information.

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Building Cohort 2!

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!

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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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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What’s the Difference Between Wayfinding Academy and Traditional College?

We’ve been craving a quick way to answer this question. While we certainly have our elevator pitches, tag lines, and sound bites, the real answer is that the difference is woven into every. single. detail.

Much of the good will be too subtle to detect. It goes deeper than the tip-of-the-iceberg response we can afford to give in short interactions...

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The New College Application: When Students are Valued as Humans, Not Numbers

How the Wayfinding Academy is taking active steps to change the traditional model of applying to college and turning the entire admission process frontwards.

For some, applying to college is seen as an important rite of passage. Towards the end of high school most conversations revolve around plans for “after” and there is a lot of advice on how to master the college application process. Rarely does the conversation revolve around what is the best next steps a young adult should take based on what they want to accomplish in their life...

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