Programme de premier cycle pour résidents

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Bâtir une communauté et créer des liens

À l'automne et au printemps, tous les nouveaux résidents du premier cycle Prescott College students enroll in our unique Orientation program to begin the distinctive journey of developing relationships with their new home, community and academic career.  For over 50 years, new students at Prescott College ont construit des liens transformateurs avec le collège, leur environnement et entre eux pendant leur orientation. L'orientation, la première classe que les étudiants résidents de premier cycle suivent, donne aux étudiants la possibilité de bâtir des communautés fondamentales qui contribuent à les soutenir tout au long de leur parcours scolaire à Prescott College.

L'orientation est un cours en bloc de 4 crédits visant à vous orienter vers la culture et l'éducation uniques offertes à Prescott College. Peu importe le domaine d’études ou les crédits obtenus, tous les nouveaux étudiants Prescott College les étudiants sont initiés aux environnements naturels et culturels du Sud-Ouest, apprennent à se connaître et à comprendre la communauté dans son ensemble, et expérimentent les philosophies éducatives de Prescott College pendant l'orientation. Les premiers jours d’orientation sont consacrés au campus, s’inscrivant aux cours, rencontrant le personnel, les étudiants et les professeurs et se préparant au cours. Les étudiants se divisent ensuite en petits groupes pour leurs cours d'orientation individuels. 

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Choix de cours d'orientation

Nouveaux étudiants à Prescott College choisissez de participer à Wilderness ou Community-Based Orientation.

Orientation sauvage

Wilderness Orientation est au cœur d'une expédition de randonnée de trois semaines dans les montagnes désertiques et les canyons de l'Arizona. 

Vous n'avez pas besoin d'être un routard expérimenté ou extraverti pour avoir une expérience d'orientation réussie; vous avez juste besoin d'un sens de l'aventure et d'une volonté de bâtir une communauté d'apprentissage inclusive.

Students on Wilderness Orientation develop a sense of place and make connections to the Southwest through backcountry travel, map and wilderness navigation, and by studying the natural and cultural history of their route.  Much of the course is focused on building a foundational community by honing interpersonal communication skills and practicing compassion and respect for each other and the landscapes we travel through. Students will also engage in individual research projects, a solo experience, leadership training, and service projects as part of this truly interdisciplinary Liberal Arts course.  Additionally, Wilderness Orientation satisfies the foundational field prerequisite that students will need for field-based courses. Enrollment is dependent on Orientation Director approval. 

Orientation communautaire

Les étudiants peuvent également choisir de s'inscrire à une orientation communautaire dans un format non expéditionnaire en ville.  

On Community-Based Orientation, students will explore the concept of Community via interdisciplinary lenses.  Through connecting with the greater Prescott Community, students will develop cultural awareness and critical thinking tools to decolonize their education.  Students will complete individual research projects, service learning opportunities, day hikes, field trips, and a possible solo experience, to develop a sense of place and explore the ecological, political, and cultural histories of their new home. 

Ce cours est basé à Prescott avec des visites fréquentes sur le terrain et de possibles nuits prolongées sur le terrain. Veuillez noter cependant que ce cours ne satisfait pas aux exigences d'un prérequis de terrain requis pour de nombreux cours sur le terrain à Prescott College. L'inscription dépend de l'approbation du directeur d'orientation. 

FAQ - En savoir plus sur l'orientation en milieu sauvage à Prescott College

Wilderness Orientation is a 3-week backpacking expedition that is also your first college class.  Orientation is required at Prescott College. Dans Wilderness Orientation, vous mettez en pratique des compétences en leadership et en arrière-pays, mettez en œuvre des compétences de renforcement de la communauté et obtenez une introduction à Prescott College philosophies and practices.  Assignments include: Building an academic portfolio in the field, keeping a natural history and cultural history log, group discussions, delivering research-based presentations to your peers, filling group leadership and expedition roles, and a solo experience.

All incoming resident undergraduate students are required to successfully complete Orientation - this includes transfer students and first year college students.  Students may choose to complete Wilderness Orientation or Community-Based Orientation. Additionally, Wilderness Orientation is a prerequisite for all field-based courses. This means that your Orientation course will be made up of a diverse group of students - first year students,  transfer students, students with different academic and extracurricular interests. This is the point! We want to build community across the college and we start with Orientation.

La plupart des instructeurs d'orientation en milieu sauvage sont d'anciens Prescott College qui reviennent travailler comme instructeurs d'orientation en milieu sauvage et présentent une nouvelle génération à la communauté collégiale. Instructors of Wilderness Orientation must be Wilderness First Responder certified and have professional experience in outdoor education and/or outdoor guiding.  Most groups will also have a student instructor. This is a current student, usually a senior or junior Adventure Education competence, who is taking an upper division practicum course as part of their academic work.  These students must go through an application process and meet the upper division course prerequisites. All staff, unless otherwise exempt, attend staff training which includes an in-field portion in the fall.

There are detailed gear lists you can find here.  There are different gear lists for Fall Orientation and Winter Orientation. Please make sure that you bring the required gear on the first day of Orientation.  During the prep week in-town, instructors will go over each student’s gear to ensure that they are prepared for the expedition.

Backpacking gear can be expensive!  If you can’t afford all or any of the gear on the list, don’t worry!  We have loaner gear for you to use for free. We work on an honor system.  We ask that you go through the list and bring all of the gear that you have to the first day of Orientation and we will figure out the rest together.  And, we also ask that if you can afford the gear, or if you can borrow gear from friends or family, you do that before using the gear we have to ensure that those who need to borrow the gear can do so easily. 

Wilderness Orientation routes take you all over Arizona.  Depending on the time of year, you might be exploring a series of breathtaking canyons on the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona, the desert mountains of the Superstitions in the Sonoran Desert, or the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon.  All of our routes are designed to accommodate those new to backpacking.

Although Wilderness Orientation requires physical ability, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the experience.  It is smart to prepare for Wilderness Orientation to aide in your successful completion of the course. Some ideas to get ready for Orientation include: Hiking on trails, biking on trails or on the road, running, working out in the gym, and swimming.  Groups usually hike 3-6 miles/day, but some days may be very short and others may be very long. Additionally, terrain varies! You might be on a trail, in a creek, or off-trail in rugged desert terrain.

No problem! You don’t need to be an outdoorsy person or have experience in the Outdoors to be successful on Orientation.  We just ask that you come with a sense of adventure. Our experienced instructors will help you learn to live and travel safely and comfortably in the backcountry.

No problem! Though the container of Wilderness Orientation is a backpacking trip, the point is not to be an expert backpacker.  If you are a guide, really outdoorsy, and have tons of experience in the field, we ask that you come prepared to meet the challenges of being in a diverse group with a wide range of abilities and experiences. 

Vous pouvez vous attendre à porter un sac qui représente environ les ⅓ de votre poids corporel. Nous distribuons du matériel de groupe et de la nourriture de groupe en fonction de la stature physique et du niveau de capacité.

Depending on your route, solo may be period of up to 3-nights and 3-days long that you spend camping by yourself in a designated spot with a personal tarp within hearing distance of your group. For some it can be challenging to spend this time alone; for others, they welcome the space to be away from their group.  Solo can be a time for introspection and for contemplation. Solo is also a time for rest and rejuvenation after many days of hiking and carrying a backpack. There are detailed risk management policies in place for Prescott College Solo - pour plus d'informations, vous pouvez contacter le directeur d'orientation à cgoodman@prescott.edu.

À l'orientation, les élèves dorment dans des groupes mixtes de tentes (pour l'hiver) et de bâches (à l'automne) avec 3 à 4 autres pairs. Vous aurez besoin d'un sac de couchage (voir la liste des équipements pour plus de détails), d'un matelas de couchage pour dormir et d'une bâche au sol qui passe en dessous des deux. Selon la météo et le terrain, de nombreux étudiants dorment sous les étoiles.

Students on Wilderness Orientation eat as a big group for breakfast and dinner.  This food is mostly gluten-free and can be adapted to be vegan and/or vegetarian. This food is pre-packed by our logistical staff and includes traditional backpacking meals such as Oatmeal, Rice & Beans, and Pesto Pasta.  As a group, students will buy the fresh food additions in-town during the prep week before students leave for the field. With the instructors’ help, students will also plan and buy their individual lunches and snacks for the field.  Students receive $200 back from their course fee to cover their lunch and snacks needs. If you believe you will need more money than that, you will need to bring money with you to the food buy.   

Orientation is a required, 4 credit academic course, but you do not receive a letter grade.  Instead, students receive credit or no credit based on their engagement with all aspects of the class.  In order to graduate from the Resident Undergraduate degree program at Prescott College, vous devez recevoir un crédit pour l'orientation.

Si un étudiant doit quitter le terrain pour une raison physique ou émotionnelle, dans la plupart des cas, les étudiants se joindront à une étude encadrée en ville pour terminer leur cours d'orientation.

De nombreux étudiants ont des emplois ou des postes d'étude pendant leur séjour à Prescott College.  Orientation is a Block course. Block courses cover the equivalent of a semester length curriculum in a 3-week intensive.  Block courses usually meet 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and if you choose to go on Wilderness Orientation you will need to take that time off from your job.  If you choose Community-Based Orientation you will need to make sure that your work schedule accommodates your Community-Based Orientation schedule, which will be 5 days a week. Please check-in with the program director if you have questions about the schedule. Regardless of the type of Orientation you are engaged in, successful completion of this intensive experience requires a high degree of commitment.

Si vous avez des enfants et que vous devez être à la maison avec votre famille le soir, vous devrez choisir l'orientation communautaire. Ce cours est basé en ville et bien qu'il se réunisse 5 jours par semaine, il peut répondre aux besoins des parents.

Si vous êtes préoccupé par une blessure ou une incapacité physique et votre capacité à terminer l'orientation en milieu sauvage, veuillez communiquer avec la directrice d'orientation, Cecil Goodman, à cgoodman@prescott.edu.  Community-Based Orientation is designed to accommodate all physical abilities. Additionally, to set up accommodations please contact the ADA Coordinator, Christina Fabrey at christina.fabrey@prescott.edu.

Resupply is the half-way point for Wilderness Orientation.  Orientation staff bring food and gear to resupply groups. This allows for groups to only carry half of their food and gear needs at a time. Resupply is also a time for students to receive letters and packages and to experience a hot meal cooked by Orientation staff.

Friends and family can send a student on Orientation a letter or package that will get to your student at Resupply.  Please make sure to check the Student Orientation Calendar to ensure that your letter will arrive on time.

Veuillez adresser toutes les lettres ou colis à:

Nom de l'étudiant
℅ Orientation en milieu sauvage
220 Grove Ave.
Prescott AZ 86301

Please contact Cecil Goodman, the Orientation Program Director.  You can email her at cgoodman@prescott.edu ou essayez-la sur son téléphone de bureau 928-350-2305.

FAQ - En savoir plus sur l'orientation communautaire

Community Based Orientation (CBO) is another Orientation choice.  Unlike Wilderness Orientation, CBO is based in-town and meets 5 days a week.  Although there are field trips, there are no required overnight field trips and this is not an expeditionary course. The specific curriculum of CBO changes based on the faculty or instructor facilitating CBO.  However, all CBO’s focus on building a tight-knit community, developing fluency with Prescott College la philosophie de l'éducation et la création d'un sens critique du lieu. De plus, CBO adopte une lentille de décolonisation qui aide les étudiants à développer des outils pour décoloniser leur éducation. Les étudiants CBO ne reçoivent pas de cours préalable sur le terrain. Veuillez contacter le directeur du programme si vous avez des questions sur les choix spécifiques de CBO.

All incoming resident undergraduate students are required to successfully complete Orientation - this includes transfer students and first year college students.  Students may choose to complete Wilderness Orientation or Community-Based Orientation. This means that your Orientation course will be made up of a diverse group of students - first year students,  transfer students, students with different academic and extracurricular interests. This is the point! We want to build community across the college and we start with Orientation.

L'orientation communautaire est conçue pour s'adapter à toutes les capacités physiques. De plus, pour organiser l'hébergement, veuillez contacter la coordinatrice de l'ADA, Christina Fabrey christina.fabrey@prescott.edu.

De nombreux étudiants ont des emplois ou des postes d'étude pendant leur séjour à Prescott College, but Block courses require intentional scheduling. Orientation is a Block course. Block courses cover the equivalent of a semester length curriculum in a 3-week intensive.  Block courses usually meet 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and if you choose to go on Wilderness Orientation you will need to take that time off from your job completely. If you choose Community-Based Orientation you will need to make sure that your work schedule accommodates your Community-Based Orientation schedule, which will be 5 days a week. Please check-in with the program director if you have questions about the schedule specifics. Regardless of the type of Orientation you are engaged in, successful completion of this intensive experience requires a high degree of commitment.

Si vous avez des enfants et que vous devez être à la maison avec votre famille le soir, vous devrez choisir l'orientation communautaire. Ce cours est basé en ville et bien qu'il se réunisse 5 jours par semaine, il peut répondre aux besoins des parents.

De nombreux cours à Prescott College, especially in adventure education and environmental studies programs are field-based expeditionary courses.  This means the class can be gone overnight or months at a time in a field setting. Wilderness Orientation is a required prerequisite for these courses. Community Based Orientation does not satisfy this prerequisite.

Orientation is a required, 4 credit academic course, but you do not receive a letter grade.  Instead, students receive credit or no credit based on their engagement with all aspects of the class.  In order to graduate from the Resident Undergraduate degree program at Prescott College, vous devez recevoir un crédit pour l'orientation.

Please contact Cecil Goodman, the Orientation Program Director for any and all of your Orientation questions.  You can email her at cgoodman@prescott.edu ou essayez-la sur son téléphone de bureau 928-350-2305.

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