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Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh students rock climbing as part of their Odyssey Freshman Adventure orientation

Start Your Plattsburgh Adventure with Odyssey

At Odyssey, SUNY Plattsburgh’s outdoor orientation program for first-year students, it doesn’t matter if you’ve hiked, climbed or paddled your whole life or never seen a mountain, cliff or lake.

Coordinator Sarah Henley says, “Odyssey provides a great bridge, helping new students to come into college with a sense of accomplishment, a sense of empowerment. Their self-esteem is increased through the Odyssey experience.”

Adventure-Based Socializing

Students who register for Odyssey move into their new room on campus a week early. They then join more than 50 other newly enrolled students to spend a week at Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center, 40 miles south of campus in the Adirondack Mountains.

The program includes:

  • Two days of hiking
  • One day of rock climbing
  • One day of kayaking on Lake Champlain
  • One day at SUNY Adirondack’s high ropes/challenge course in Queensbury
  • Accommodations in Twin Valleys cabins, owned by College Auxiliary Services
  • Professional guides and expeditionary studies faculty
  • Veteran student Odyssey leaders

What happens the rest of the time? Camp games, socializing, bonfires, music—all with fellow first-year students.

Make Friends

Henley, who has coordinated Odyssey for nine years, says beyond a fun week, the program has lasting effects on students. She says they form communities—a key part of the college experience—which makes them less likely to drop out and more likely to succeed academically.

“The most powerful part is the friends that come out of it,” she says. “Still to this day, students tell me some of their closest friends came from Odyssey.”

“It’s about a sense of place, a sense of belonging.”

This year’s Odyssey will begin August 21.

Learn more about the Odyssey Freshman Adventure and register before the end of June.

Video Extra: Odyssey Freshman Adeventure




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