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Finding What Makes Others Tick on a Baja Semester

By Alison Peterson on May 8, 2019
Photo by Alison Peterson

Two months into our fall semester in Baja and dinner had just ended, wrapping up a weary day of classes and cleaning the kayaks. I strolled over to my coursemate, who was writing on the beach, asking if I could join in. In waves, a few more came to join us.

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Topics: Study Abroad Stories, NOLS Mexico, Baja, NOLS semester, outdoor semester, Stories, Student Stories

Brave, Not Perfect

By Mairin Rogers on Mar 19, 2019
Photo by Alison Peterson

My mom always told me that I was brave. Brave for learning to play a new instrument, brave for trying out for a sports team, brave for venturing off on my own. During my three months in the backcountry on a NOLS course, however, I realized she was wrong. I wasn’t brave—I was scared.

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Topics: Semester, NOLS Mexico, Baja, outdoor semester, Semester in Baja, Stories, Student Stories

Learning a Non-Linear Leadership Style from Sea Kayaking

By Jen Dulz on Jun 12, 2018
Getting ready to launch the boats. Photo by Ali Bradley.

It was hot. I struggled to find shade as our group went through necessary orientation tasks: carry 3-5 water droms behind each boat, assign cook groups, gather group gear, divide group gear, assign and load boats.

Since I'd paddled on a NOLS trip before, I was "voluntold" to be the lead boat in a single kayak. I learned our heading, received a few instructions about monitoring my speed, and then we launched—a group of women on aBaja Sea Kayaking course.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, NOLS Mexico, Baja, Sea Kayaking, women, all-women, women in leadership, Stories, Student Stories

From A Gap Year to Yahoo! Sustainability

By Karly Copeland on May 27, 2015

Chris Page is passionate about a lot of things, but when we started talking about her time as a student at NOLS Mexico, the delight in her voice was apparent.

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, NOLS Mexico, Environment, Baja, Becoming an Instructor