Each semester, our students assert their mental toughness in demanding courses and special projects. In Spring 2014, we asked them to test their grit in another domain – the “Toughest Event on the Planet.” In case you haven’t heard of the Tough Mudder, it is a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Get an idea by watching this clip.
31 Honors students (!) were crazy enough to sign up for the first ever Honors College Tough Mudder team – The Honors Rebellion. They learned that the event is not about individual strength but the joint strength of participants working together. Many of the obstacles CANNOT be accomplished without help from fellow Mudders.
Led by 2x Tough Mudder and Academic Advisor Daniel Coyle and Director of Advising Greg Stephany, this team trained together, bled together, and overcame together. The result: an incredible sense of camaraderie among Honors students. It’s amazing what enduring freezing water, dangling electrical wires, 12-foot walls, and pits of mud (just to name a few obstacles) can do to form lasting friendships!
One of our fearless student leaders, Anna Gingrich – a freshman studying Nutrition, put it this way:
“Participating in the Tough Mudder this semester taught me SO MUCH, including: time management, communication skills, how to run miles without dying, the art of waking up at the crack of dawn just to make it to the gym, and that you need to make history with people in order to deeply connect with them! They were the people that got me through this semester and the ones who I am so incredibly proud to call my friends."
This team accomplished something that is much bigger than overcoming mud, walls, ice, and shock – they proved that they are strong in every way. That these 31 students completed the Mudder is great; that they completed the Mudder while balancing academics, work and family life during a hectic Spring semester with finals around the corner -- that is an incredible feat.
The Honors College was proud to support the Honors Rebellion, and we look forward to assembling a bigger team next year! HooRAH!