"This has been the most incredible program I have ever been on. I'm so glad I decided to do this. I met some great people and have made some great friends. I'd tell any incoming freshman to go on it."
"AA is the best way I can think of to start off my college experience. Everyone was so helpful and friendly and made a group of apprehensive freshmen feel very comfortable."
"I think this is the most worthwhile experience – even though I was doubtful at first. Everyone should think about going on this trip because I couldn't imagine starting college without it."
"I feel like I left friends and came to friends."
"AA was an awesome opportunity to meet great people before beginning my four years at Hamilton. I've made some really close friends, but even the people I didn't get to know as well have definitely helped to create a support group for me as I begin college. It also provided an opportunity to get advice from upperclassman – our leaders! Mine were incredible!"
"This was a great experience that I looked forward to for a long time. My sister went on a similar trip before her freshman year and stressed how important it was, so part of my college decision process looked at whether the school had pre-orientation trips. AA exceeded my expectations!"
"This trip forced me to forget that I was leaving home and concentrate on the days, weeks, months, and years that are right in front of me. The experience was invaluable and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
"Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in such an excellent and well-put-together program!"
"Andrew Jillings must have picked THE best people as leaders. They were not only leaders, but friends. They always did whatever they could to make us comfortable, happy, and on track. They were open, easy-going, motivated, inspiring..."
"This was the best thing I have ever done."
"After these few days, I've made friends, my leaders rocked, and not only did I learn about others, but I learned more about my own personal strengths."
"This program was awesome. I couldn't have asked for a better way to start my 'college adventure'."
"Having never been hiking, I came into the program a bit wary, but the pure beauty of the mountains left me with a memory and view I hope to experience over and over. Thanks to Hamilton and AA for making the college transition seem like a cake walk."
"I truly enjoyed all aspects of AA. Although some parts were emotionally (and physically) challenging, I think I came out of it as a better person. I know more about myself and have more confidence in myself than I previously did."
"I really had a good time. My group's leaders were wonderfully helpful, friendly, and accommodating, and made me feel welcome. I'm proud of myself for stretching my previous horizons, and I learned a great deal about my abilities, both strengths and weaknesses, which will influence my college life in a positive manner."
"This time is the best experience I have had in a long time, and especially with 11 other people that I didn't even know existed a week ago!"