Greater China Scholars have the opportunity to participate in the one-week Outward Bound Program in the summer before their first year at Notre Dame. The wilderness adventure, challenging physically, mentally and emotionally, is designed to develop scholars’ personal character, leadership capacity and the ability to work with others. Through the experience, students learn from success as well as from failure, manage risks and explore leadership in challenging settings. By participating in the program with other merit scholars, the Greater China Scholars have the opportunity to develop friendships before their first semester at Notre Dame.
Yixian Fu is a first-year scholar double-majoring in biological sciences and music performance. The summer before coming to Notre Dame, she joined the Outward Bound Program and went canoeing in Boundary Waters at U.S. northern border. Together with other merit scholars at Notre Dame, she immersed herself in backcountry, learned and mastered canoeing, portaged 70-pound boat on her own, camped, and dealt with emergency situations like boats tipping over. Through nature, she further understood the meaning of life during solo time and group sharing time, and built a strong relationship with fellow teammates.
"The most memorable moment was when we woke up at 2am to paddle. In the silent darkness we journeyed on towards the sky gradually staining with the iridescent color. At that precise moment the sun rose, our hearts were filled with living passion. We gave thanks silently to our beloved people and realized that we were stronger than we had thought."