Not only did I have the time of my life on my OATS trip, it made me feel like I was ready to go to college. I met some of my best friends on my trip, and got time to think about who I wanted to be before I started this next chapter of my life.
"It was completely different from what I expected, but the degree of awesomeness was much higher -- the people and the whole experience of being filthy and wandering through Mt. Lassen the week before school started made for an awesome trip and college seemed a lot less intimidating after making friends and trekking through the wild."
OATS was not just an ordinary camping trip. We faced new challenges, new surprises, and new adventures every day. I found myself hiking through a truly incredible landscape with an incredible group of people. This trip is not meant for anyone who is not serious about delving into nature and leaving all material luxuries behind. But don't worry- there are plenty of fun games, awesome sights, and reflective moments to make it all worthwhile in the end. If you want to accomplish astounding physical feats, completely wear out your body, and enjoy every moment of it with fellow Cal students, this trip is for you.
I really loved letting the world go, it was a nice way to jump into college with no material worries.