Sami Hawkins

Sami Hawkins

Major: Outdoor Education
Hometown: Coloma, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Graphic Design Coordinator and Trip Leader | Adventure Outings

How did you first get connected with Adventure Outings (AO)?
I first heard about Adventure Outings from some very influential people in my major. They highly recommended becoming a part of AO as a way to build my skills and professionalism in the backcountry. I joined in the fall of 2011 and during my staff orientation trip I got to meet some of my closest friends here at Chico State.

How would you describe your current role with AO?
Currently I am the Graphic Design Coordinator. At this job I design flyers, posters, promotional videos and more for Adventure Outings. I am also a Trip Leader, meaning I organize and prepare trips that go out on weekends. As the Trip Leader, I manage the logistics of a trip and then get to teach, learn, and play with the participants who come on the trip with me.

What does working for AO do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working for AO gives me the opportunity to practice my leadership and teaching skills. AO also fits in well with my focus in education. Outdoor leadership is a skill that transfers to my everyday life as well. Personal interactions and responsibility are two skills that are mandatory for being an outdoor leader. These skills are practiced every time I go into the field with an AO trip.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position with AO?
Before I started with Adventure Outings I had been a professional raft guide on the American River for two years. Now I am heading into my fifth year as a raft guide and have begun whitewater kayak instructing as well. My love is the outdoors, and I get a lot of gratification from sharing that love with new people.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
My goal is to work for either the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or Outward Bound. Both of these institutes are wilderness-based learning schools that get people out in the wilderness teaching them respect for the natural environment, respect for the correct skills to live in the wilderness, and respect for themselves. Working for Adventure Outings gives me a lot of practice preparing logistics for trips and gaining the skills I need to lead people on new adventures.