Your First Year

Finding Your Passion

Explore the local environment.  Interact with amazing people from the college and community who are passionate about what they do.  Discuss environmental issues, conservation, and policy with professionals who have turned their passions into life-long journeys. 
Your time on the Chester River and in local environmental facilities can help you find your passion!
students participating in finding your passion


Meet your fellow passionate people- share a bit about your personal passions and begin to explore the importance of passion in creating the life you want.


Birding is cool!?!? Who knew? Get to know our local migratory birds at Foreman’s Branch Bird Banding Station at the River and Field Campus. Participate in a lively discussion with Washington College Field Biologists, while exploring the conservation science and endless opportunities at WAC’s newest campus!

student participating in finding your passion program















Adventure Course anyone/ Get into the mind set of goal setting, team building and meeting challenges first hand at Echo Hill Camp’s adventure/ropes course. Share lunch with the Echo Hill educators - what is it like to teach OUTSIDE?

What do shipwrecks & mudmasks have in common? Dr. Douglas Levin, of course! Spend the afternoon aboard WAC’s research vessel, Callinectes, with Doug- exploring the Chester River’s best kept sea-crets! Spend the afternoon making new friends with the Place and People Group!









Any interest in politics? Meet local political voices (past and present) and learn how to turn your passion into a career at the Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area on Turner’s Creek. Engage in a discussion with local & national leaders on the front lines about environmental issues.

Self-care in college? What’s that look like? After a relaxing, healthy lunch on the Waterfront, we’ll head back to the college’s athletic facilities to meet with Jonnie Jenkins, for a tour, an easy workout, and some device on how to be your best self!

Finally, we will conclude our experience by bringing it all together - how can we continue to explore and live our passions on campus and in the community? How can they translate to a major, a minor, a program, an internship, or a career? How can we find our passion?