Alison Ware '16
“POAP encourages students to grow and step out of their comfort zones while enjoying the beautiful nature that the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes offer. Participating in POAP as an incoming freshman was a very rewarding experience for me. A week in the woods with other students, both first-years and upperclassmen guides, sealed lasting friendships. Through POAP I became acquainted with the campus early on and it was a great way to ease the transition into college. I highly recommend participating in POAP; it is a memorable experience you won't regret.”

Evan Schwab '16
“When I first signed up for POAP, I didn’t really know what to expect. The description read ‘Adirondack hiking and kayaking, Advanced’ so I knew I would have my work cut out for me. But then I thought, ‘that’s the point right? To push yourself and see what comes of it?’ Fast forward to departure day, and I didn’t even have a sliver of doubt in what my POAP crew and I could do. In the short 12 hours that we had spent together we had already become good friends and when the time came to push ourselves on the trip, everyone was up for the challenge and succeeded. This is what POAP’s all about: meeting new people and throwing yourselves into the unknown; trusting not only yourself but the people standing next to you to help you every step of the way. Not only did we help each other on the trail, but also during the year. I’m still close friends with most of my POAP group and we’re still always there for each other, no matter what.”

Olivia Dudo '15
“As a first year I worked up the courage to sign up for POAP, arrive at HWS a week before most of my peers, and jump start my four year career at the Colleges. I was greatly rewarded. I participated in POAP's Community Service Habitat for Humanity trip as a First Year. I met my best friend during this trip. I learned things about myself that I never expected to learn, like I can build a house! I learned to make new friends, I learned about my new home, and I instantly fell in love with my environment, my peers, and the POAP program. As a rising senior, this will be my second time leading a POAP trip and I cannot wait until August 24th. My favorite part of the POAP program is when the first years arrive to campus. I get excited to welcome everyone into our family here at HWS. I love exposing incoming students to the wonders of POAP and the many possibilities that lie ahead of them. The POAP Community Service programs do exactly that as well. As a Habitat for Humanity veteran I can say with confidence that POAP Comm. Serv. is worth the time and the money. We take a tight-knit group of 10-15 students to a house building site, spend the day working with community members to give a family a home in Geneva, and then we spend the night hours getting used to campus, each other, and our new college lives. Sign up for POAP's Community Service Programs and I can promise: you will not be disappointed. Join me on the Habitat for Humanity Trip and we will become best of friends!”

Jim Prowse '15 (POAP Coordinator)
“The Pre-Orientation Adventure Program is an amazing opportunity that I believe makes Hobart and William Smith Colleges stand out from the crowd. Our incoming first year students get the chance to see New York State in a way that not many of their peers can. They get to start their college career by exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Finger Lake and the Adirondacks or give back to the community that they will call home for the next four years. I think POAP is one of the most rewarding and most beneficial opportunities a student can have at the Colleges. Being a student coordinator last year and witnessing the transformation of first-year participants from shy, nervous and cautious high school students to confident, happy and prepared college students was incredible. This year's POAP is going to have a lot of new, exciting trips and I think this will be one of the best POAPs we have had yet! I cannot wait to greet the Classes of 2018 and show them how great Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Upstate New York is!”


If you have questions or concerns about the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program, feel free to contact Dean of Hobart David Mapstone '93 via e-mail or by phone at 315-781-3300.