Group effort and communication were two key factors in trying to get through the games at the Wesleyan Experience Olympics this year. Over one hundred freshmen met in Muir Gym and
Mabee Arena to grow as a class and to build stronger bonds. They were challenged both physically and mentally in regard to their capability to complete difficult tasks. There were a total of five stations in Mabee Arena for the freshmen to finish. The series of games and challenges were put on by the Team Building class on campus. This class is made up of upperclassmen. They put together a program to encourage the freshmen to bond with their classmates and to get some competitive juices flowing.
The teams would begin at one station and upon the sound of a whistle, would change stations. One station had writing exercises where students were required to figure out math and geography problems. They then went on to play “Duck Duck Goose” and “Simon Says.” Although the brain exercises weren’t too hard, they still got the students to think and woke up
their brains. Other stations included physical exercises, such as a game where girls had to get on the backs of the boys in the group to make more room on the “rug.” This game was made up of a tarp that all team members needed to stand on and get the tarp flipped over onto the other side without any team members stepping off the makeshift rug. To start, many teams attempted to flip the tarp with all team members standing on it. However, they quickly learned that this method was impossible because of the size of their classes. It was then up to the team members to brainstorm and find ideas to flip the tarp over. The leaders of this station told Barbara Nickell’s class that they had come up with the best strategy to flip the tarp over. Although they never actually got it to work, the strategy was brilliant.
After each team had been to each station, they broke up into smaller groups and spoke to one another. The students were required to come up with one word that described what they had experienced and what key components were needed to complete these tasks. The students came up with words like: communication, faith, and trust. The Wesleyan Experience Olympics were welcoming and a great experience for the freshmen. Being the low man on the totem pole can be difficult and stressful. The Wesleyan Experience Olympics enabled these students to let loose and have fun with people they hadn’t really gotten to know yet. The students came out of the games with smiling faces and new found friendships.