“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
More often than not, significant learning happens outside the traditional classroom. By venturing into unexplored territories, whether geographical or psychological, humans dare to face the unknown and master a new skill or a novel concept. In fact, as my colleague Rebecca Bonco indicated in her post on the kayaking expedition to Belize that took place during winter break, traveling to unfamiliar places pushes people to challenge their limitations, stretches their minds, and helps them grow. Our minds are malleable, but it is only through experience that we can continue to shape ourselves into well-rounded persons with a sense of curiosity, a taste for adventure, and an openness to change.