Friday, November 7th
The adventure begins! On Friday afternoon we boarded the bus and headed for Kieve, where we stayed for all of the SEED expedition. We got to use a great cabin right by the low ropes course, and we got to use the Buc building for all of our workshopping and game playing needs! That first night we played an amazing game of psychiatrist before going into our first workshop on goal setting. We used the S.M.A.R.T. model of goal setting and set some goal for ourselves for the expedition. Then we watched an awesome TED talk on working from the “why” of your experience, not the “what.” All in all, a busy, fun day.
- S– Specific (or Significant).
- M– Measurable (or Meaningful).
- A– Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
- R– Relevant (or Rewarding).
- T– Time-bound (or Trackable).
Saturday, November 8th
Our first full day we started off with a discussion; we had four professionals come in and speak with us a part of a professional panel. Who were these professionals you ask? The wonderful Stu Rich, the fantastic Meredith Bately, the illustrious Taylor Stenger and the one-and-only Misty Start. Everyone got a chance to ask questions in small groups, as well as hear each visitor’s story first-hand, all of which were very different and also had some common threads. After our panel, we journeyed back into town where we went to the Steel House, an artist collective in Rockland. We got a tour of their facilities and three artists explained what they do, why they do it and how the Steel House influences the work they do. Several minds exploded with excitement—the Steel House is incredible!
That night we processed our day, played some games and called it a night.
Sunday, November 9th
Sunday was our professional workshop day. We spent the morning going over dos and don’ts of the workplace, playing a rousing game of rules charades. Throughout the day we had conversations about what it means to be a professional, what professionalism looks like as well as dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of success and failure. We explored all of these themes on the low ropes course, where students had to complete tasks together in roles that they may not usually play. Needless to say, it was both hilarious and meaningful. Also, these ladies may have blown the previous Whale Watch balancing record out of the water, balancing for 21 minutes straight!
We ended the night with a really wonderful documentary.
Just kidding, we watched Shrek. Which if you live in a fairy tale might be considered a documentary, but mostly it’s not.
Monday, November 10th
On Monday we started off at PenBay healthcare where Trekkers board president John Bragg showed us around. He got different health professionals to come talk to us about what they did, why they do it and how they got there and then gave us a tour of the hospital. It was a really eye opening experience, one none of us will soon forget!
After PenBay, we went to Merryspring Nature Center where we talked with a Program Manager and got a tour of their facilities and grounds. They’re doing some really neat things at Merryspring, like working with the American Chestnut Association to find ways of bringing back the American Chestnut! Very cool.
After Merryspring we went to Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (not to be confused with Hurricane Island Outward Bound) where we talked to one of their staff members about scientific research on Maine islands. There are a lot of really cool opportunities for Maine teens out on Hurricane Island, it was pretty awesome to hear about them.
That concluded the official site visits for the day, so we went next to URock to do some career exploration with Chip Curry before meeting with Linda Buckmaster of Women, Work and Community. Linda did a resume writing workshop with us, revealing the tricks of the trade, expectations for resumes and things to be thinking about while writing up a resume.
It was an awesome, eye opening and tiring day—a day well spent.
Tuesday, November 11th
Sadly…our final day. Of the expedition that is.
We started off our day with a wonderful, moving and inspiring speech from Trekkers amazing Executive Director Don Carpenter. He talked to us about taking responsibility for your happiness and finding your passion, stepping out into the world and being willing to try and try and try again. Again, minds were blown—and perspectives were shifted. We took some time to reflect on Don’s words, as well as on the experience together and where students wanted to take their experience from here. Everyone went off and journaled, then came back and shared with the group what they wanted to do for their internship and why they wanted to do it. Every person was able to say what and most impressively, everyone was able to say why… It was awesome.
Once we all shared and wrapped up our experience together, we cleaned up, got ourselves organized and headed back home.
The great thing about the SEED program though is that the expedition is only the beginning! Stay tuned for all the cool stuff coming up next, like the internships!