Our group was asked to approach the design of Waller Creek on the University of Texas at Austin campus through three objectives: expand access, engage the creek, and enhance the environment. Before addressing these goals we decided to take a step back and consider the purpose of a university campus. We acknowledge that college is a critically transformative time in a student’s life. In order for them to grow and become part of a larger society they must seek out new and challenging experiences. For this to translate into growth, the students must feel at home enough to engage these challenges in a constructive way. States of challenge and recovery are both quite important for personal growth in the college experience. This is something we are characterizing as an individual’s ability to stretch beyond their boundaries and comfortably contract in a way that allows them to repeat the process. Our vision, the Stretch of Waller Creek, imagines the corridor as a place that increases the connective spaces that facilitate the transition between states of challenge and relief on campus. With these ideas in mind, we re-framed the objectives to increase physical resilience through movement, create restful spaces for mental resilience, and increase spiritual resilience through connection to the environment. The design creates a lawn that welcomes people onto campus, a path that invites them to move along the corridor, a porch for comfortable observation of the environment, and a backyard of restful spaces that build community. By building resilience in people while they are at the University of Texas, the design allows them to more fully realize their place in society and create lifelong habits that improve their quality of life.