On Saturday morning, SUU international students gathered in front of the Outdoors Center to go on an outdoor trip organized by those in the International Student Affairs office (ISA). This particular trip took them to Bryce Canyon National Park.
When they arrived at Bryce, the cool morning air and brisk wind woke up those who had slept on the way up. The advisors held a quick meeting with the students, and then let them go off on their own to explore the canyon.
Some students decided to explore Bryce by filling their water bottles and hitting the trails.
One group went on a six mile hike with International Affairs advisor John Hildebrand. The hike included parts of the Navajo Loop and Peekaboo loop and took the better part of the day.
While some made the trek in and out of the canyon, others stayed on the rim and hiked to the various overlooks along the trail. Qianlong Cheng, a freshman construction management major from China, said he “walked from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point” and standing on Sunrise Point was his favorite part.
Other students chose to try and capture the vast landscape with the help of their cameras. Junchen Guo, a freshman communications major from China, said his favorite part of the trip was walking to the top of the mountain to take photos.
The ride home was quiet. Some students slept, worn out of them day: others talked with each other about what they had experienced on the tip.
Those interested in learning about ISA or interested in working with the ISA can visit their offices in the Sharwan Smith Student Center in room 169.