Hometown: Pioneer, CA
Program Position: Trip Leader and Equipment Room Manager | Adventure Outings
How did you first get connected with the Associated Students?
I started with AO during the second semester of my freshman year and have been with the program ever since. It has definitely been one of the best parts of my college experience. I started off as an Assistant Leader for about a year, and then applied and was promoted to a Trip Leader and Equipment Room Manager.
How would you describe your current role with AO?
As a trip leader, I plan and organize the itinerary for the trips I lead throughout the semester in collaboration with the other leaders on the trip. I also work in the Equipment Room, renting out gear, maintaining gear, and packing and unpacking AO trips. I supervise six staff and we do all the packing for all AO trips. The trip leaders provide lists of what they need based on the type of trip, and we determine what equipment is needed.
What does working for the AS do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Personally, working for Adventure Outings has provided me with the experiences that have helped me develop leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as the technical skills to lead outdoor trips. On each trip we are responsible for creating an atmosphere that is fun, inclusive, educational, and safe for everyone. Learning how to maintain this dynamic atmosphere has definitely helped me to strengthen my leadership skills throughout my time with Adventure Outings.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position with AO?
I think I bring a positive atmosphere to the table in my position in AO. It is great to see the other leaders grow during their time working with AO, and it is awesome for each leader to see the participants of our trips grow as well; even in just a weekend. It is a great feeling to be able to help someone overcome their fears or tackle their insecurities by experiencing the bounty of the outdoors on an AO trip. Nature can be a healer, and an element that really bonds a group of individuals together as friends and as a community. I really value the role of connecting folks with nature.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
Adventure Outings has given me many experiences, lessons, and friendships that I will take with me for the rest of my life, and I am looking forward to discovering where life takes me. After I graduate from Chico, I plan to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with my boyfriend and dog, a 2,650 mile backpacking trip from Mexico to Canada. After that, well…then we’ll just have to see what life has in store — Livin’ the Dream!