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MacOrtho reaches new heights: Summiting Banff’s 11,000-foot Mt. Temple

MacOrtho’s Dr. Mohit Bhandari lead PhD students on an experience of a lifetime to facilitate personal growth and development. Dr. Bhandari reminded his students of the PhD goal: “a journey to decision-making and independent thought." Further to that, Dr. Bhandari says his role is to provide opportunities for students to test and challenge themselves — to help them on the journey to becoming and independent thinker.

To achieve this, he invited his students to “Fear-less… Do More,” a retreat away from McMaster to climb Banff’s Mt. Temple. The voluntary trip was to be completely self-funded to provide a stake in the students’ successes and experiences. During the pre-climb dinner, some understandably expressed feelings of nervousness, unsure if they would be able to reach the 11,000-foot peak. According to Dr. Bhandari, the day following the 14-hour climb, “they all said it was a pinnacle moment in their life, and more so that they would now take this confidence to their academics.”

“Students who were willing to use their own hard-earned money were determined stakeholders in the experience," he added. "The experience we shared taught them about success and failure, and we all depended on each other to overcome this monstrous climb!”

Dr. Bhandari hopes to lead more trips in the future to empower students. 


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