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FGCU International Club hosts team-bonding at ropes course

The FGCU International Club and the Eagle International Ambassador Program hosted a day of team- bonding activities at the FGCU Eagle Challenge Course for international students and Eagle I Ambassadors on Buckingham Road in Fort Myers Sunday, Jan. 10.

Randi Levey, the president of International Club and third-year Eagle I ambassador, plans a trip back to the FGCU Eagle Challenge Course.

“Being an ambassador and part of the International Club has shown me my passion of pubic speaking and potentially running a business,” she said. “Meeting a diverse group of people from around the world helps you build long–lasting relationships and friendships and opens doors of opportunities.”

Levey has a particular reason why she chooses to come back to the Eagle Challenge Course every semester with the International Club and Eagle I Ambassador Program.

“I like the nature overview the course shows, but you also establish the bond with the club in a unique way,” she said. “Everyone has to work together while overcoming obstacles throughout the course, which can be challenging. Being here teaches you how to interact with one another and build leadership by climbing up a netted rope or zip lining down from a high distance.”

Stephanie Centeno, a sophomore political science major, is also part of the International Club.

“My favorite aspect of the FGCU Eagle Challenge Course is getting to know everyone while being in a large united international group,” Centeno said. “You really get the chance to learn about each other and different practices from other cultures that you may not be used to. I also love how the outdoor course is built for team- bonding in a perplexing way.”

Mahnoor Aziz, an international student from Pakistan and senior software engineering major, proclaims her interest for the club.

“I love how we get to visit the Eagle Challenge Course every semester,” she said. “Visiting the course each time is a new exploration, which has taught me how to be more confident in my personal life and academics at FGCU.”

Being at the top of the ropes course challenges students to seek more opportunities and allows risk taking.

“Participating in the Eagle Challenge Course allowed me to make closer friendships by working together in thought-provoking ideas and hearing other people’s voices,” said Nurjahan Khatun, a second-year ambassador and senior biology major.

FGCU’s Eagle Challenge Course is a great opportunity to get outside of your comfort zone by meeting new people and taking risks together in a safe environment.

Iheb Njaimi, an international student studying industrial engineering and biomedical engineering, enjoyed the course.

“It is really easy, fun and good for pushing yourself to doing things that, as humans, we probably would not do,” Njaimi said. “We can do a lot more than we think, and the obstacle course allows you to do so.”

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