Educators from SUNY Broome Community College are taking education to new heights. As YNN's Crystal Cranmore reports, they are skydiving to spread their message.
OVID, N.Y. -- Many people have at least one fear.
“For me, a fear of heights,” said Rey Wojdat, an educator at SUNY Broome Community College.
However, only some will try to conquer them. Wojdat and his colleague Jerry Loy spent their Saturday thousands of feet up in the air at Finger Lakes Skydivers in Ovid. These educators from SUNY Broome Community College are pushing the limit, and encouraging others to do the same.
“It was very intense, supreme adrenaline rush. When they open the door to the plane, you can't believe you’re going to do that,” said Wojdat.
“When you first jump out and you hit the air, and you are free-falling, your skin just kind of backs up on your face and your whole body is sort of sinking and it’s an amazing feeling,” said Loy.
At 10,000 feet above ground, faculty and staff are leaping for higher education. They know how hard it can be to face challenges, and are hoping their efforts encourage students to overcome them.
“I want them to get comfortable being taken out of their comfort zones, to show them they can beat the things that they are afraid of. So, when you go to college and you're a little intimated by the classes or you don't think you can conquer a certain course, you can. You just have to have the willpower,” said Wojdat.
Loy added, “We tell the students to reach for your highest goal. None of us have ever done this before.. We know the students have never gotten into college before and they are experiencing that for the first time, so that’s what we’re trying to do."
Their next adventure takes them to the Adirondacks, where educators plan to climb for higher education.