[summer 2015]

Middle Tennessee Outdoor Pursuits, or MTOP, is the outdoor pursuits program at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. From running a rock climbing wall to leading challenge courses to guiding participants through different outdoor activities, MTOP’s mission is to get people outdoors. It’s not a group of highly skilled outdoorsman and women. It’s a group of people who come together to bond in the outdoors.

Personally, I have worked for MTOP for all 4 years of my college career. It’s taught me far more than the skills to guide a raft down a raging river. It’s taught me the importance of leadership, teamwork and safety. It’s prepared me to not be scared to jump into the unknown. It’s taught me hard skills, but equally important, soft skills. The family I have made by working in this program has been the biggest thing I have gained. MTOP made my college experience FREAKING AWESOME. Without MTOP, I would not be who I am today. It helped me throughout college, and it continues to help me on my journey after college.