Hiking to Higher Goals

Monday, June 15, 2009

In a university setting, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons to set new goals. UWG student Kevin Haynie took this advice to heart and completed a task few have been able to accomplish: hiking the Appalachian Trail.

In a university setting, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons to set new goals. UWG student Kevin Haynie took this advice to heart and completed a task few have been able to accomplish: hiking the Appalachian Trail.Currently a junior in the Richards College of Business, Haynie and a friend spent six months tackling the elements as they trekked north. Stretching more than 2,000 miles, the trail begins in Georgia and winds its way to Maine, crossing through and over the Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah Valley and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

A six-month jaunt through the woods may be daunting to some and liberating to others. For Haynie it was the latter.

“My main question for hiking the trail was, ‘Why not?’” said the Toccoa resident. “The freedom of it all - eating breakfast, lunch and supper somewhere different every day - sounded like the adventure I needed.”

The back-to-nature undertaking also gave the business major a little homesickness along the way.

“I’d say missing my family was the toughest,” said Haynie. “After completing the trail, it was a mixture of emotions. I was excited to come back home to see my friends and family, yet I was having this life that I had grown to love stripped away from me. It was bittersweet.”

After this accomplishment, the UWG student’s future can be summed up in one word: possibilities.

“As far as what lies ahead for me, I plan on graduating and getting my master’s degree in business,” said Haynie. “It is a long way off, but I plan on finding a job where I can be happy, successful and apply the knowledge that I have learned here at UWG.”

For more information on the RCOB undergraduate, graduate and MBA programs, visit http://www.westga.edu/~busn/.