Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Leadership Series: Part 6 of 7

What do they do with all of those skills?

This "Leadership Series" has almost completed answering this question for seven Leadership alumni as we anticipate the coming of our next Leadership Semester course students arriving this week on April 1st. This week we profiled Alex, the sixth of our seven profiled leaders.

Leadership Alumn #6: Alex Cook

Leadership Course: Spring 2009

Hometown: Roxboro, NC - "The middle of nowhere."

Currently: Alex has been working for Costa Rica Outward Bound off and on since he completed his course a year ago. His primary skill is surfing, but he has also been instructing multi-element phases of courses from time to time. During the high season (June to September) he will be the Surf Technician at our Manuel Antonio base. In the meantime, however, he is exploring new Costa Rican beaches and hopefully competing in the next surf competition!

Reasons Enrolled: Alex is quite familiar with Costa Rica Outward Bound. In 2008, he participated as a student in the 15-day Surf Intensive course. It was then when he fell in love with this place, causing him to look for another longer course. Therefore returned the following year "to complete the Leadership semester in hopes for another amazing experience."

Future Aspirations: "Go to college and explore the islands of Indonesia for perfect waves!"

Favorite Course Moment: "Seeing the excitement in a student after surfing their very first wave."

Quote: "I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything." -Dan Millman

Click to read about past profiled Leaders:

Leadership Alum #1, Sean Marr

Leadership Alum #2, Amy Nicolson

Leadership Alum #3, Heidi Ruckriegle

Leadership Alum #4, Donna White

Leadership Alum #5, Joe Ewing

The Costa Rica Outward Bound Leadership Semester is meant to prepare students in such a way that they can use the skills they develop to use in a career and/or any leadership role. This 60-day experience consists of: earning nine internationally-recognized certifications and 12 school credits; learning how to surf, kayak, raft, rappel, camp, and scuba dive; and facing the challenges and responsibilities involved with any Outward Bound course.

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