College Life Through an Existential Lens: A Role For Adventure


  • Stephen Anthony Deringer Washington State University Vancouver


The aims of this study were two. First, it was designed to gain insight into the practice ofadventure programming, using the Adventure Trip Program (ATP) at Texas State University as a case for examination. Second, it was designed to probe the interaction of a student's college experience and adventure programming. To accomplish these aims, two questions were formulated to illuminate the character and practice of adventure programming and uncover encounters between participants and participation in adventure trip programs. The two questions are as follows (1): To what degree is the Adventure Trip Program [at Texas State University] effective in meeting/fulfilling its articulated goals, as indicated from the viewpoint of the participant? (2): Are there other latent or hidden means through which the adventure program is beneficial for participants, but which are not manifest in its articulated goals or purposes?