In the fall of 2007, the author came to Northland College excited for the opportunities that it presented--a low faculty-to-student ratio and professional connections. But what he was really interested in was the new student orientation to the college. It just happens that this was one of a number of trips comprising Northland's Outdoor Orientation (OO) program. The author had an amazing trip and he learned pretty much everything he needed to know about college life, made some friends, and began to realize what he was capable of. In this article, the author shares his experience as an OO participant and describes how this experience influenced his time at Northland College.