Extreme orientation: New JHU students begin freshman year with kayaking, backpacking, rock-climbing adventures
More than 100 members of Class of 2018 participate in Pre-O programs
If huddling around a campfire in the Appalachian wilderness, navigating Class III rapids, or scaling a hundred-foot rock face sound like unexpected ways to kick off your freshman year, well, that's kind of the point of Johns Hopkins University's Pre-O.
Now in its 17th year, Pre-O (short for Pre-Orientation) gives incoming freshmen an opportunity to get a jumpstart on their first year of college, meet some of their classmates, and take part in outdoor adventures—backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and even getting more familiar with Baltimore.
More than 100 members of the Johns Hopkins Class of 2018 are participating this year, and nearly 50 Johns Hopkins upperclassmen are leading the excursions. The pre-O participants have already moved into their dorms (the rest of the freshman class will arrive beginning Friday).