Cougar Orientation and Leadership Experience
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015
"The COLE program had a major impact in my life. When I read that we had
to go "camping" for several days, I was definitely apprehensive because I
didn't know anyone when I first got here. But after COLE, my group members
are my closest friends in the program because we built such a tight bond
-Rian Calugcugan ('15 DVM) from Hawaii. He hopes to return to Hawaii and
work in marine animal and exotic veterinary medicine.
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Prior to the beginning of classes, your DVM program begins with the Cougar
Orientation and Leadership Experience (COLE) from Monday, August 18 through
Friday, August 20. We are proud to be able to provide this unique
orientation opportunity for you. We would not be able to do so without the
generous donations from a range of alumni, private and corporate donors; who
believe in supporting your development from day one. The off-campus portion
of this week, from midday Monday through Wednesday, will be spent at Ross
Point Camp and Conference Center, in Post Falls, ID, focusing on building
community and helping you acclimate to your upcoming training.
You may wonder why WSU would spend so much time, money, and energy to host a
leadership experience for incoming students. The answer is simple...to help
you form a supportive, vigorous community as you begin your four-year
program and to introduce you to the clinical communication and professional
skills you will need to become a competent professional – one with the
relational abilities to be successful no matter where your career takes you.
WSU has been a pioneer in the development of veterinary leadership training
and has utilized this experience and expertise to provide you with an
introductory program that will launch your career in the best possible way.
Research has shown that Veterinary professionals must learn to see
themselves as leaders, educators and communicators in order to achieve
success in the field. Our goals during the off campus leadership orientation
are to heighten your awareness of these skill sets, align program
expectations with those you bring to your training and begin building upon
the communications and leadership skills you already possess.
Concurrently, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with your
classmates, while becoming more self-aware. You will experience these
fundamentals in an environment carefully designed to be safe and fun.
Much of our focus for the COLE Off-Campus Program will be on encouraging the
development of skills, ideas and attitudes that will assist you in making a
successful transition to this next level of training. Most of you have
probably arrived at this point in your life through an innate drive to
always “strive to be the best.” Although we certainly want you to strive for
excellence, we urge you to begin to see your peers as colleagues, not
competitors. As a class, you will all be working toward the common purpose
of becoming the consummate professionals this vocation demands and deserves.
It is imperative that we begin our journey together with a common
understanding of these goals. To that end, as you begin your veterinary
program we will ask you to give some time and thought to what type of a
class you and your fellow students want to establish. This, more than almost
anything else you will do in school, will shape the experience you will have
throughout your four years together.
In addition to your own classmates, second and third-year student mentors
will participate in the leadership events, providing you the chance to talk
with them informally about life in Pullman and Logan. Experience has taught
us that the opportunity to share the off-campus COLE activities in a
beautiful setting, to relax, to challenge ourselves and to have a good time
is the best way to forge a community before the rigors of class begin. Most
past participants have said they cannot imagine having to start school
without the benefits provided by this orientation experience.
We realize that the next few months will be both an exciting and a demanding
time in your life. We know that many arrangements must be made as you
prepare for the beginning of the fall semester. However, we also want you to
pause to acknowledge all of the hard work and self-sacrifice that brought
you to this point in your life. So, take a deep breath and anticipate the
leadership experience as a way to begin your veterinary training on a high
note. We hope you’ll enjoy the camaraderie, take part in the challenges, and
learn more about yourself and your classmates. We’re looking forward to
sharing this experience with you!
....COLE Leadership Development Team