By Mary Jantsch
Class of 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. – If you’re truly brave, stroll around Gonzaga’s campus and ask a few students if they are a “GOOBER.” While the first few queries may result in offended looks of disapproval, you will know you have hit jackpot when students thrust their hands into the air to form an X and shout “EXTREME!” at the top of their lungs.
This enthusiastic reaction may seem bizarre or even obnoxious, but rest assured the experience that generated it is positive, indeed. The reaction can come only from approximately 300 Gonzaga students who have experienced the annual, five-day, pre-Orientation program known as Gonzaga Out-of-Bounds (GOOB).
On Aug. 22, 75 incoming freshmen took part in the 11th Annual Gonzaga Out-of-Bounds when they embarked for St. Regis, Mont., and learned how to be, well, extreme.
The program aims to give new students a unique introduction to Gonzaga, and includes three day-trips involving biking, hiking and rafting. After experiencing GOOB last year as a freshman and this year as a guide, I assure you it includes much more.
There are the awkward introductions with 74 of your classmates, the lack of a shower, sleeping rather compactly with people you have just met, the sore limbs from working hard, and the continual hope that your guides are a tad more weird and crazy than the average Gonzaga student.
Also, there is the acquisition of 74 new best friends, enjoyment of some of the best experiences ever, sleeping under the stars with people you will never forget, and the satisfaction of exploring mountains, rivers and historical trails.
Best of all? Gonzaga Out-of-Bounds teaches you how to be your best self at Gonzaga.
See what some of the students have to say about Gonzaga Out-of-Bounds: