For incoming first-year students at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business who want to get a head start on building friendships within their class or make use of some time off before school begins, the M-Trek program may be just the answer. M-Treks, which were first offered in 1999, are small-group, multiday, outdoor adventure trips that take place before the academic year begins. Organized in locations around the world, the trips are entirely student led (by second-year MBA students) and are designed to provide a team-based environment similar to that found at Ross and to promote leadership in a team setting. M-Treks look to be as inclusive as possible—trips are available to suit a wide variety of interests and thus range from hard-core adventure to relaxing sightseeing excursions.
Treks taken in 2014 have included “Bal-Kan You Handle This!?” (during which students hiked peaks in Montenegro and biked through the Lustica peninsula) and “Czech Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself” (an exploration of Vienna and Prague). Trips in 2013 featured “A Taste of Turkey,” “Alaskan (Mis)Adventures,” and “One in Brazillion.” During 2012’s “Hold Me Closer Thai-ny Dancer,” students visited Bangkok’s Floating Market, the rainforest in Krabi and the beaches in Phuket. In 2011, one standout M-Trek was “Diamonds Are Forever,” a trip to eight cities in North America to visit the oldest, most legendary ballparks as well as the new classic ones, while another was “It Takes YOU to Tango,” which took participants throughout Argentina, from a bike tour of Buenos Aires to a cattle ranch to Iguassu Falls National Park.
So, whether you are interested in hiking and rafting in Iceland or beaching and snorkeling in Mexico, M-Treks provide a chance to build friendships and develop leadership skills while having a great time.
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