Major: Construction Management
Hometown: Campbell, CA
Program Position: Trip Leader and Trips Manager | Adventure Outings
How did you first get connected with Adventure Outings (AO)?
I was first reeled into Adventure Outings through Chico Bound (now called Wildcat Wilderness Orientation), an orientation program designed for incoming freshmen. I still remember the way the trip made me feel. We spent two days rafting the Trinity River in rugged Northern California. It was my first time whitewater rafting and I couldn’t wipe the grin from my face. I was hooked! Apart from the whitewater, I was encouraged by the trip staff to apply for AO and so that’s what I did. It’s all downstream from there…
How would you describe your dual role with AO?
My unique position as Trips Manager allows me to develop and design AO trips that students would like to go on. I have always had a knack for planning my own camping trips, so this job was right up my alley. I love seeing the trips that I design make it onto the calendar. Additionally, being a Trip Leader allows me to lead the trips I design! Its great fun and I could not ask for a better job.
What does working for AO do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Being a student-led program, it’s incredible to see the opportunities that arise by working in the program. Being a Trip Leader comes with a lot of responsibility, but also a lot of fun. It is very rewarding taking students out to explore the north state and show them a different side of the college experience. AO has helped develop my leadership, teaching and time management skills which apply to all walks of life. Also, my patience has greatly increased through teaching my students.
What do YOU bring to the table in your role as a Trip Leader and Trips Manager for AO?
I like to keep AO classy. It’s all about looking good, feeling good, and most importantly be safe. Additionally, my passion for anything whitewater has shown our current staff that whitewater trips are the bread and butter of AO.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
To keep learning! AO has shown me time and time again that there is always something new and interesting to learn about our environment, our students, and most importantly about myself. I hope to keep “the stoke” alive by bringing others into our wild, wild world.