I’m going to breeze straight past disappointing sports news from yesterday, and recall, instead, a happier weekend a couple of weeks back. That’s when much of Fletcher relocated to the mountains of Maine for the annual ski trip. I asked two students to describe the Sugarloaf experience.
Second-year student, Jenny, fills us in on the organization of the trip:
As a Fletcher student, I never get tired of hearing about the sense of community that students experience here at Fletcher. In fact, this is what attracted me to the MALD program in the first place. And now that I am a part of it, I completely understand what I had heard from Fletcher faculty, students, and staff. Fletcher’s annual ski trip to Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine showed once again why the Fletcher community is so strong.
The annual ski trip is a student-organized event that you do not want to miss. It’s a chance for all of us to stretch our legs, put down our books, turn off our computers, and get some fresh air during a weekend away. The dedicated group of students who form the Ski Trip Committee work hard to organize and plan a trip that only strengthens the student community and creates great memories. Even though the resort is huge, and we are spread out in various cabins, you will always run into a fellow Fletcher student on the slopes, in the cafeteria, in the rental shop, or even in the cabin right next to you. In the evening, we all convene to show our support for our very own Fletcher band, Los Fletcheros, and share stories of skiing for the first time, falling hard on the slopes, or relaxing in the hot tub all day. Needless to say, we all thanked the student organizers for planning a great event.
The ski trip is just one example of how students help build a tight-knit community. Many Fletcher students are involved in planning events such as the Diplomat’s Ball, Fletcher Follies, the four cultural nights, and various speaker events that bring students together in a cultural, diverse, academic, and social environment. The ski trip shows that the community is not confined to Fletcher’s campus, but exists even when we are away from school. What connects all student-organized events is that they strengthen the community; and that is the Fletcher experience.
First-year student, Beth, wrote about her first experience with this Fletcher tradition:
The legendary Fletcher ski trip took place recently. While I was looking forward to it, I had no idea how it could live up to the expectations set by the second years. All through the fall semester, second years raved about last year’s trip and talked endlessly about the bonding experience. Somehow, I was doubtful that having 400 students spread over a mountain would really bring us that much closer, when we already spend endless hours together in class, the library, Mugar Café, and Davis Square.
Predictably, I was wrong. Without the distraction of homework and internship searches, our class finally had the chance to talk about everything else. Sitting on the ski lift, we chatted about sports, family ski trips, the prior night’s party, and our winter break. I noticed my friends getting to know other students better and forging new relationships. My classmates had always impressed me with their hobbies and skills, but I hadn’t had the chance to see most of their talents at work. Watching them instantly befriend new people, teach each other to ski, fearlessly take on a new sport, or fly down the mountain was truly impressive.
Everything I like about my classmates in school — their supportiveness, their inclusiveness, their confidence, and their sense of adventure — translated perfectly onto the mountain. As the second years had promised, the ski trip was an opportunity to see my classmates in a new light, and once again be impressed.