As part of our orientation for the Fisher MAcc program we spent half a day at a place called Summit Vision. Summit Vision is a high ropes course, outdoor activity center located about 30 minutes from OSU. We got there in time for lunch and spent awhile eating and hanging out, playing games like knockout and Frisbee. After lunch, we were randomly split up into teams and completed five team-building activities. For the most part, these activities were puzzles where we had to work together to complete. Being put into random teams was a great way to meet people that I hadn’t met yet and step outside my comfort zone a little bit.
Our first activity was to replicate a picture of wooden sticks arranged to make numerous squares. The sticks all varied in length and had notches located in various places. Only one stick fit in the correct place, making it difficult to figure out which stick belonged where. After discussing possible ways to approach this, we finally determined a strategy and completed the puzzle, getting faster with each attempt. Another activity involved us using wooden blocks to get our whole team from one point to another without touching the ground. Everyone was given a block and the block had to be touched at all times. If a block wasn’t being touched we’d lose the block and make the puzzle harder one ourselves. This was kind of like a team-building, grown up version of “the floor is lava”. Without a doubt, my favorite activity was when we went to the zip line. This wasn’t as much of a puzzle solving station, but still required support and encouragement from team members.
Overall, Summit Vision was a really great way for us to get to know some fellow MAcc students and have fun learning about some characteristics associated with teamwork. Already, it is clear that teamwork is a big part of the MAcc program, as the majority of classes I am in have at least one group project assigned. It is very easy to tell that the qualities and characteristics of teamwork that were associated with Summit Vision are already translating into practical use inside and outside of the classroom.