Rock climbing… As a class???

I have found the first hidden gem the U of Iowa has to offer… Lifetime Leisure Skills (LLS) classes!! Have you ever heard of them? I didn’t until I was searching through the course catalog and ran across them. Iowa offers loads of different outdoor rock climbing, orienteering, backpacking, and tons of other areas of outdoor leisure activities as classes! They are typically one credit hour than span over a selected week, where you devote some time to learn more about whatever topic your class is about!

I have a teeny tiny background in rock climbing so I thought I would put my skills to the test and enhance my skills!

The people I met in this class were so cool! It was really fun getting to meet like-minded people who had similar interests that I did. It was also refreshing to get outdoors and have some safe interaction with people I have never met before. I liked the class size because it was more of an intimate experience with only around 12 students and two instructors.

The class started out with a short zoom meeting where we got to meet each other and my instructor, Raud, went over key information and gave a short overview on climbing. We got to learn terminology too which was super cool! The majority of this class took place over a weekend.

On Saturday we all drove out to Centennial Park and learned how to boulder, which is basically climbing on a rock or wall without a rope, but there is a spotter and a crash pad on the floor. This is more of a brain exercise. Bouldering is used to practice the movements, grips, and foot placement you would normally use in climbing. Just not at the extreme heights. We then learned how to safely put on a harness, belay, and tie the correct knots.

Sunday was my favorite day! We all met at Pictured Rock Park in Monticello, Iowa. We strapped up, went over our safety checks, and began climbing! I felt extremely safe because my instructors Megan and Raud, did an amazing job at triple-checking everyone’s equipment. After about four hours of climbing different routes, we packed up and they took us on a hike to see the rest of the park as well as other climbing spots.

That was a shortened version but I hope that you get the idea! The LLS classes offer a safe environment for you to explore new potential passions. I definitely will be taking more LLS classes, and I know I will be continuing to rock climb in the future. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I truly will never forget it!

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

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My name is Cori and I am a freshman at the U of Iowa. I feel extremely blessed to be able to attend this college and hope to pursue a career in social media marketing!

*A little disclaimer before I open up and let you in on my thoughts and feelings about my time here at Iowa, I wanted to address the obvious. Yes, we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Yes, it is affecting millions of students across the globe as they start college or some other form of education. Yes, it is extremely unfortunate. But it is out of my control, and I am most definitely not going to let it take my college experience from me. I am so happy to be on campus, learning what it is like to be on your own, so I am going to use every chance I get to enhance this opportunity I have been blessed to have. So from now on, this is a COVID free blog. I won’t mention it, and nothing I say will make you reflect on this unfortunate event happening around the world.*

I’ve been on campus for about a week now and I have been overwhelmed with the amount of support the Hawkeye community has provided for the incoming freshman. I have been long awaiting the day I could step foot on campus to officially call it home. Being able to experience the freedoms of college is such a freeing feeling after attending a small Catholic high school. I feel like I have been living every day looking forward to this moment. Every high school test, quiz, football game, and school dance that passed by brought me one day closer to being a Hawkeye! One cannot explain how amazing it feels to be able to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.

Cori's DogIf you are going to continue to follow my blog, I want you to know a little about me first! Like I said earlier my name is Cori and I am from the Quad Cities. I have grown up under the roof of my two parents, with my older brother Cole, 21, who is currently a junior at Iowa State studying mechanical engineering, and my little sister Camryn, 16, who is a sophomore at a local Catholic high school in my home town. I also have two dogs, Bentley who is 9, and Callie who is 4 months old!

Growing up I have discovered many passions, let go of a few, and found the activities that bring me pure happiness and bliss. I hold working out, beach volleyball, traveling, and exploring the outdoors close to my heart. I was introduced to lifting at a young age and it is still part of my everyday routine. Beach volleyball and travel go hand in hand. I played competitive volleyball for the majority of my life and recently transferred to travel beach volleyball two years ago. That transition brought me to places such as California to compete right off of the Santa Monica Pier. That sparked my love for travel and now I am yearning to study abroad and experience different cultures during my time at Iowa! My brother is a huge outdoorsman, so he has sparked my interest in hiking, kayaking, and even outdoor rock climbing. I am signed up for a rock climbing class at Iowa so I will keep you updated on that as well! 🙂

I am finding ways to continue to fuel these passions of mine while at Iowa, but I’m also searching to expand to find new avenues as well.  Iowa has limitless opportunities to stay involved and stay active. I am extremely excited to bring you along this journey with me as I grow as a person to learn more about myself while I study to achieve my academic goals. I hope that if nothing else, my words will bring a little light to your day.

I love and appreciate you. Thank you for coming on this journey with me.

Cori

“Life is not about expecting, hoping, and wishing. It’s about doing, dreaming, and becoming.” -Mike Dooley