In a recent seminar in Luce Hall, a group of Yale undergraduates described how they had stepped out of their comfort zones since they last met together in the classroom.
One said she had composed an apologetic email to a friend with whom she’d had a falling out, making herself vulnerable if her effort to reconcile failed. Another described how she made a choice to say “yes” more often to invitations from friends when her usual response was to decline. Yet another undergraduate recounted how she got up the nerve to answer a request to write something about a friend who had recently died, even though it was a painful experience to do so.
The exercise is part of a weekly “courage challenge” for students in the undergraduate seminar “Courage in Theory & Practice,” offered for the first time this semester. The seminar is led by Rosalind (“Roz”) Savage, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, who is no stranger to courageous feats: She is the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, earning her four Guinness World Records and the distinction of being named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2010. She was a World Fellow in 2012.