Student Adjustment to College: Examining the Impact of an Outdoor Orientation Program

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Timothy Posey
Eddie Hill
Edwin Gomez
Mike McFall
Shea Humenik
Dakota Clifford


This pilot study examined the impact of an outdoor orientation program (First Ascent) on participants’ level of transference, resilience, well-being and transition to college. Pre and posttest instruments were administered during a four-day college outdoor orientation program, as well as an open-ended series of questions. Nonparametric tests revealed significant differences from the pre- and posttest of the measures on skill transference and resiliency. Additional, individual items from each questionnaire were examined. 

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Timothy Posey, Old Dominion University

Graduate Student

Eddie Hill, Old Dominion University

Assistant Professor

Edwin Gomez, Old Dominion University

Associate Professor

Mike McFall, Old Dominion University

Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure Program

Shea Humenik, Old Dominion University

Undegraduate Park, Recreation and Tourism Student

Dakota Clifford, Old Dominion University

Undergraduate Engineering Student