Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Galt, California
Program Position/Job Title: Trip Leader for Adventure Outings
“Nothing good comes from comfort zones.”
How did you first get connected with Adventure Outings (AO)?
I first got connected with Adventure Outings in fall of 2012 when I went on the Lava Tubes Caving and Camping trip. It was one of my first few times getting involved to the degree Adventure Outings offered. I brought a cheap sleeping bag and spent the night freezing. The next morning the trip leader, Daniel Lovik said, “If you made it through that night, you should apply to be an assistant leader.”
How would you describe your role as a Trip Leader for AO?
As a Trip Leader I am responsible for mentoring assistant leaders and those who decide to participate in the trips. I look out for the overall wellbeing of the group, and help set the dynamic to make the trips comfortable, fun and safe place to be your true self while outdoors.
What does working at AO do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working for AO has allowed me to become a better version of myself. The leadership skills AO provides have advanced my professional skills, taught me time management, and the responsibility of being accountable for not only others but myself.
What do YOU bring to the table in your role as a Trip Leader for AO?
As a Trip Leader I bring confidence, funk and weird to the forefront of my trips. I want participants to fully accept themselves in all shapes and forms. The best part of being outdoors is that nature can’t judge you.
What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
My career plans include continuing my education to obtain a Masters Degree in conservation biology with the end goal of a career in outdoor education or as professor. Associated Students has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and has proven to me that I can do anything I set my mind to.