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PRTM Students Speak About EDGE

Students Speak

Clemson students Tayler Easton and Adam Dorsam, along with professor Denise Anderson, discuss the PRTM EDGE semester, also known as the immersion semester. Students do not attend traditional classes, but work in small learning groups, collaborate on long-term projects and take field trips.


Josh's Description of the EDGE experience

The EDGE semester is an experience in itself. As a student in the traditional classroom the student and faculty relationship is not what it could be but in the EDGE semester the student will come to know the faculty and vice versa.The EDGE semester is an experience in itself. As a student in the traditional classroom, the student and faculty relationship is not what it could be, but in the EDGE semester, the student will come to know the faculty and vice versa. The faculty and student relationship gained from the EDGE semester is significant because it allows for the faculty to provide letters of reference/recommendation. These letters are going to stand out because the professor has grown to know the student throughout the semester. This is significant when applying for practicums for PRTM 206/207. For example, I applied for three internships and received all three positions. Each interviewee told me I was offered the internship because I had a greater experience and understanding of the professional world. Two out of the three commented on my letters of reference. I would credit the fact I was offered all three practicums to the EDGE semester. Due to the fact I participated in the EDGE semester, I stood out versus other candidates and my professors were able to get to know my strengths and weaknesses, which helped me in the long run. Lastly, the EDGE semester is fun. I made many friends from the EDGE semester that I still see and talk to daily. It’s a great educational opportunity that we as future parks, recreation and tourism management professionals are lucky enough to be a part of.

Edie's Personal Experience with EDGE

During the EDGE semester I was able to attend the South Carolina Governors Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. At the conference I was able to network with professionals in the field of Travel and Tourism.During the EDGE semester, I was able to attend the South Carolina Governor's Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At the conference, I was able to network with professionals in the field of travel and tourism. We were able to attend workshops that taught us about networking using sites such as Flicker and Facebook, as well as visit different booths set up by numerous organizations promoting travel and tourism. During the time when we were in Myrtle Beach, we also visited Brookgreen Gardens, North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center, Blackmoor Golf Course, Ocean Lakes Family Campground and the Myrtle Beach Department of Recreation, and we were also able to stay at the Caravelle Resort. It was a tremendous opportunity to be able to actively learn and experience what we were learning during the EDGE semester. It was truly the best experience I have ever had during my college career at Clemson University.

Student quotes from EDGE Evaluations
"The day camp implementation week is a great way to give back to the local Clemson community. It was an incredible opportunity to program and execute for a live group." Former PRTM Edge Student
"What I learned from this experience (volunteering at the Trash Bash) is that, first and foremost, it’s always important to go into everything with a calm demeanor, an open mind, and a positive attitude. This kind of mind set can apply to my next volunteer experience, the rest of this semester, the rest of my time at Clemson, and really anything for the rest of my life." Former PRTM Edge Student
"This was an awesome experience! I absolutely loved it! It was a great way of learning." Former PRTM Edge Student
"EDGE, while very often overwhelming and confusing, was a great way to grow not only as a PRTM professional but as a person as well. I've learned a lot about myself this semester, and how resilient I actually am." Former PRTM Edge Student