Wake Forest Law student sets off on walkabout to raise awareness, funds

Photo of Stephan Oldham ('16)

Stephan Oldham ('16)

While most law students are interning at firms, taking summer courses or studying abroad, one Wake Forest Law student plans to walk some 700 miles in the next 30 days from central Florida to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The obvious question is why?

Rising 3L Stephen Oldham says he needs to clear his head by going on this “walkabout.” He’s also hoping to use the walk to start a fundraiser to help future law students in the same way he has been helped through what he refers to as “the generosity of others.”

“My journey through the wilderness is an effort to satisfy one part itchy feet and another part lost soul,” the 33-year-old says. “My goal is to create an endowment that can benefit others far after I can no longer be of service.”

Oldham, who lived in Oviedo, Florida, before moving to Winston-Salem, makes it clear that he doesn’t want the walk to be about him, thus the name “Ghost March.”

He writes on his blog, “To be completely honest, I do not want the blog or charitable giving campaign to be about me. I make no claims about myself, or the reasons that I am doing this, beyond my own search to understand the subjective being…My goal, here and now, is to inspire others through this, and the many other, challenges that awaits us in life. What I gain from this experience is for me, and thus, is my personal reward. My hope, through this digitally shared experience, is that my journey awakens something new in you.”

Follow his progress at http://ghostmarch.com/ and on Twitter @ghost_march #ghostmarch