The first time sophomore Morgan Jellison tried walking on a Slackline, he could hardly stand on it.
That was last Spring Term. Now, most days at 3 p.m., he braces the elastic line between two trees in the middle of the quad outside Seymour, walking back and forth with ease.
“I’ve only done maybe twenty days of walking on it, so I feel kind of proud of myself,” Jellison said.
The secret, he argues, is a physical balance paired with mental focus.
“Most of it is mental gymnastics. Really, it’s focusing on not your body — it’s focusing on something else as long as it doesn’t disrupt your focus.”
While he walks, several people come by to talk to him and many try walking on the Slackline. One person, Jellison said, asked to take a picture of him to send to an ex-boyfriend.
“It’s about fun. I do it alone but I’m open to anyone coming and trying. I want to be known as the approachable guy with the Slackline.”