You are probably asking yourself: What is Trading Laces? Is there a new trend I’m missing out on? Am I supposed to give my shoelaces to someone else? Do I even have shoes with laces? Don’t worry—the name is just supposed to make you think about trading places with another person and taking a walk in their shoes.
The Trading Laces challenge includes solo and social opportunities to help you gain perspective on the lives of others, and maybe even learn a little more about yourself along the way.
The solo challenges are all things that you can do by yourself, either in your room or around campus on your own time. After completing a solo challenge, you can use the reflection questions to think about what you learned or experienced, and then you can write about that experience right here on this blog. You don’t have to answer all the questions when you write about your experience; they are just there to help you think about the activity.
Social experiences are events occurring throughout campus. You can go with friends or by yourself—maybe you’ll even make some new friends there! These are great ways to get out and explore places on campus. You can share your experience with these events on the blog too!
As a matter of fact, when you reflect on your solo and social experiences, you can become eligible to win a gift card to iTunes or the IU Bookstore and one grand prize winner will receive an iPad mini!
So get to it and start Trading Laces with other people and sharing your stories here! We’re excited to read about your experiences of walking in another person’s shoes.