On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, Brigham Young University student Heather Burton joined her outdoor skills leadership class on a hike in Ding Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park. She was just three weeks into her dream of attending the Provo, Utah, university.
Burton and the other students enjoyed nice weather and even more stunning views. And, despite the obvious recreational angle of the activity, they were also learning a lot.
The freshman from Richmond, Virginia, was climbing her way to a valuable life lesson. The most important things we learn don’t always come in a classroom. In fact, they rarely do. They hit us when we least expect them — like on sunny Friday afternoons — and sometimes they’re painful.