Major: Health Science Education
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Program Position: Adventure Outings Trip Leader and Trips Coordinator
Action conquers fear. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga
How did you first get connected with Adventure Outings (AO)?
I first heard about Adventure Outings when I attended the transfer student orientation. From there, I signed up to go on a few trips, and while on them I asked lots of questions about how to be more involved with the program.
How would you describe your dual role as the Trips Manager and a Trip Leader for AO?
As the Trips Manager, I create and plan all the trips for the program. After the calendar has been set, I get to play a role in planning the trips and making reservations including working on permits. As a Trip Leader, I am responsible for planning the pre-trip meetings, mentoring my assistant trip leader(s) and insuring that all participants are safe and getting the most out of this unique experience. One of my favorite parts of being a Trip Leader is taking students into nature and teaching them about the wonderful outdoors.
What does working for AO do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working for Adventure Outings has allowed me to better develop my leadership skills both in the outdoors and in a classroom setting. The program has also allowed me to develop hard skills in different outdoor activities like rafting and rock climbing.
What do YOU bring to the table in your roles as Trips Manager and Trip Leader for AO?
I bring many leadership skills as well as outdoor skills. Part of the program is student development and people who have been in the program for a while have the opportunity to mentor new assistant leaders. I work hard to be a strong role model and mentor to new assistant leaders to help them succeed in the program.
What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
My career plans are constantly changing. Adventure Outings has introduced me to the world of outdoor education and allowed me to gain skills that would allow me to work for many different programs after college. I’m not sure what is next for me, but I’m sure it will be an adventure!