Summer Enrichment Program Series: Senam Adedze ’23 on her Outdoor Leadership summer to the Sierra Nevada mountain range

Blog | August 14, 2020
Senam Adedze ’23

The application for the Morehead-Cain Class of 2025 opens on August 15! To give you a better idea of what the Program is like, we’re releasing a four-part series this fall on each of the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) experiences.

In your first summer as a Morehead-Cain, in the months following your high school graduation, you’ll embark on what might be the most challenging experience of your life to date: a multi-week Outdoor Leadership course.

Senam Adedze ’23 shares about her summer backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountain range with Outward Bound California. Here is her story!

During my entire 24-day trip, the terrain changed constantly. One day, we would hike through dense forests.

A group of students wearing hiking gear pose for a photo in the forest.

On another, we would clamber over rocks…

Three hikers clamber over the side of a rocky and snowy mountainside.

Followed by snow…

Two people are cross country skiing in snow.

…and then even more snow!

“My 24-day backpacking trip was super intense, completely out of my comfort zone, but physically and mentally rewarding.”
  • Senam Adedze
  • Class of 2023

Throughout the experience, we practiced different aspects of outdoor leadership, including learning to navigate using only a map and compass.

Hikers walk towards a lake that's been frozen over.

Not a day passed without jaw-dropping views!

A sun sets behind a snowy mountain.

We set up camp near ice-blue rivers, frozen over.

Snowy mountains during daytime.

We swam in an icy glacier lake nestled between two mountains.

View of an icy lake surrounded by snowy mountains.

Reaching elevations of over 11,000 ft, sometimes we were literally above the clouds!

Landscape view of mountains and clouds on a sunny day.

We finished up our trip by completing service in Yosemite National Park. 

Senam carries a tree limb in Yosemite National Park.

Thanks for following along with me on my Outdoor Leadership summer! — Senam Adedze ’23

You can view Instagram Stories Highlights for the Summer Enrichment Program series on our account @moreheadcain. And, make sure to check out the Prospective Scholars page for upcoming deadlines and other application-related information.