When I arrived at UT Dallas in January 2016, the first things I did were join the club tennis team, play table tennis at nights, and take fitness training classes. These are all great activities to get involved in on campus, but I noticed something: These three items were already part of my life in previous years. One semester later, I was the president of the club tennis team, still playing table tennis, and going to the gym in my free time. It finally hit me at the beginning of this semester that I wanted to try some new activities.
I often took a peek at the rock-climbing wall at the UT Dallas Activity Center when I went to work out. I met a guy in the fall that recommended it to me, so I decided in March that I would give it a shot. I also had a fear of rock climbing during my childhood, so trying this out would allow me to overcome my fear and mix up my routine!
When I arrived, the staff made me feel right at home and provided me with gear at no charge. From shoes to harnesses, the climbing crew had it all. One of the instructors, Matthew Punnoose, taught me everything I needed to know. He helped me put on the harness, showed me the wall rules, gave me background information about the terminology and more!
I was initially very intimidated to climb, but Matt was very confident that I could make it happen. Through his supporting the rope, I managed to get all the way to the top of two sections of the wall! In addition, I helped him get up the wall with my rope pulling on the ground.
To all prospective students, I recommend trying something new. I guarantee you that the experience will be rewarding, and you’ll meet some cool people through it!
B.S. Geospatial Information Sciences
Class of 2018
The University of Texas at Dallas