When I was first looking at Daniels, I heard a rumor that all Daniels students had to go on a “camping trip.” I was terrified that in order to earn my MBA, I was going to have to sleep in a tent, take cold showers in a river, and eat Ramen Noodles for a weekend. Luckily for me, Leading at the Edge weekend did not involve any of the rustic challenges
that I had been imagining.
Leading at the Edge is a required weekend retreat that challenges students to push themselves to their own personal edges. According to Dean Emeritus Bruce Hutton, Leading at the Edge provides students with the “skills to traverse a highly changing environment” and “prepare[s] students for jobs that don’t exist yet.” The course is designed to be a transformative course in leadership, self-awareness, and responsibility.
Buses took us to our Edge weekend, which was held at a rustic lodge called The Nature Place. The scenery was breathtaking and the trees were obligingly turning to the DU colors of crimson and gold. Our weekend
homes were charming lodge rooms, complete with showers, beds, and Aveda products. There was plenty of food, and not a single freeze-dried item in sight.
After a few minutes of settling in, we immediately began our Edge journey. The next three days were packed with physical and mental challenges of all kinds that tested each and every person on our team. We did everything from challenge courses to orienteering to group discussion sessions to journaling. While we are discouraged from providing too much detail on specific activities (the mystery is part of the challenge), I can guarantee that you will be pushed to your limit at some point over the weekend.
Edge weekend is an outstanding opportunity to apply what you have learned so far during your time at Daniels and to prepare yourself for the vigorous coursework to come. While there is no tent-pitching involved, you will definitely be challenged to try new things and to face your edge. As Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini once said, “Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.”
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