Warm fuzzies.

I just spent a few days straight with our McNair group and here’s what I learned:

Tom likes to wear t-shirts that say “noodle boy” on them. He’s got one sweet pair of boots. And he’s one of the most gentle and caring souls around.

Camila is brave and says, “me first,” when it comes to the high ropes. Impressive! You can count on Camila for a smile, but when she’s out, she’s down for the count!

Mara learned the words to a new song and she knows how to breath when it really matters. She’s a quiet giant, I think.

Brady, he’s got the moves, both in the air + on the ground. And he’s not shy about learning how to swing dance, that’s for sure. Swift on the water and a nice guy all around.

Rachel is the gel, she’s the warm + gooey insides of the group. She keeps things rolling with her generous and uplifting personality. If you are going on an adventure, take Rachel along for sure!

Donovan: all I can picture is Donovan floating along the water wrapped up tight in his bright blue life jacket surrounded by the girls. He’s such a great sport and I think bringing him along for the ride this time around is a great choice! He’s open + optimistic and is gonna help you out when you need it.

Holly is a leader and ain’t letting anything get her down. She’s a bit of a crazy girl who knows how to have fun. Plus, she’s got great hair!

You can tell this yooper loves her outdoors. Ashton is a whiz with the canoe and is one of the sweetest gals around.

Taylor R is quietly in-tune with the group and happy to be part of it. He’s ready to stretch his wings. Taylor is up for pretty much anything and enjoys a card game or two!

Kurt’s got an aux cord, he’s “pretty strong” and he’s got some moves. Just ask and he’ll teach you! And if you’re feeling a little “buggy,” Kurt’s your guy to hit up for support + guidance.

Taylor M‘s got it going when it comes to horses and Mortimer became her bud. She’s low key with an unassuming presence, but know that she’s got a lot of spunk and passion that lies right beneath.

Aaron knows the words to *most* songs, is my card-playing partner and a real trooper. His funnies pepper the group and we’re all the better for it.

Jazmin is a quiet observer but isn’t afraid to jump in on the fun. She loves being in a canoe (true or false?) and is a strong foundation for the group.

Jim is a great guy to hang out with and has a willingness + knack for teaching others that I think is really special. He’s got a lot of depth and is always willing to be the “tipper” when it comes to star-tipping, that is!

Kim, what can you really say about Kim? Except that she’s one dynamite partner in crime! She’s my rock and she’s the rock for our group. She takes such great care of us and we love her so much.

Arshia’s gonna hook in just fine! She’s a hoot to be around and will lend much to the group by way of her life experience and expertise. So happy that she could join us for our special retreat!

Jay’s like the “old wise one” that is sure to engage you in some brilliant, often wacky, conversation that you wouldn’t have imagined yourself having. He is a quiet observer with great skill for supporting and encouraging others. He likes to laugh, he’s apt to tell you how it is and he’s got a steady + caring presence.

I learned that I get the “warm fuzzies” when I think about our adventures these past few days. I learned that the 2015 CMU McNair scholars are ready to get things going on the grad school front and they are ready to grab hold of whatever the summer might bring. I’m excited to spend this special time together.

It’s a period of seed planting in my mind. Some seeds will surely be sprouting (and taking off!) this summer; others might be chillin’ in the soil for a while, only to peek out their pretty little heads when the timing is right on. In short, this is one terrific start to the summer. A summer during which our scholars will be hell-bent on figuring out their lives and then some.

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Lynn. (like a boss)

One step (or shot!) at a time.

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