What are Explorations?
Explorations consist of a five-day experience created by students around a topic that interests them. Explorations are integrative and immersive experiences use Whitman College as a home base, with participants living and cooking together in a Whitman residential space. Students will not only engage in daily activities around the Exploration theme, but will also have time to investigate fun aspects of Whitman and Walla Walla.
Participants will be introduced to the topic area by student leaders and each day dive more deeply into the theme area. Direct experiential involvement, education and reflection will be the cornerstone. There are no costs associated with Explorations and no prior experience is necessary. The Explorations run from Aug. 24-28, 2019.
Equipment and Food
Food, transportation (as needed), and group gear/supplies are all included as part of the Exploration. Participants need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag. Three weeks prior to the start of your Exploration you will receive a letter with a detailed list of necessary personal items.
Ticket to Board Game Theory
Game theory is a branch of mathematics that analyzes perfectly rational and logical decisions. Shockingly, people often do not make perfectly rational or logical decisions. Board Game Theory asks how people make real decisions, based on friendship, spite, chaos, honor and a thousand other out of game reasons. Participants will hone skills like negotiating, planning and reading people by playing games such as Sheriff of Nottingham, Blokus, One Night Werewolf, Sushi Go, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Along the way, we'll explore Walla Walla, create memories and make new friends.
Radical Reflection: A Mindful Introduction to the Walla Walla Area
Want to get a little taste of your new home before school begins? This exploration will expose you to the Walla Walla area through the lens of mindfulness. Through hiking, meditation, yoga, exploring, journaling, discussion, and more, we'll explore questions like: How do we interact with nature? How do we reconcile this area's violent past? What does it mean to go to college? Come join us in picnicking at our favorite outdoor spots, hearing from Walla Walla locals, visiting the best museums, taking a splash in the fountain, cooking meals and getting to know each other.
Lights, Camera, Theatre
Do you have an interest in acting or creating the ‘behind the scenes' magic that makes a play come to life? This Exploration will focus on introducing students to the many aspects of creating a production. Come learn about and develop your theatre techniques: acting, set design, lighting, costume design, directing — this Exploration has it all. Participants will get an introduction to Whitman's Harper Joy Theatre facilities and go on a tour of the community facility, Little Theatre of Walla Walla. In addition, we will explore interesting areas of Walla Walla, have fun adventures and entertain the other Explorations groups with our very own show.