Trip Leader Profile: Andrew Shanahan ’14

Note: This post is part of the “Trip Leader Profile” series, which will introduce some of the student volunteers for DOC Trips 2012.  To learn more about our great group of trip leaders, check out the introduction to the series here

10 Questions for Andrew Shanahan ’14

Andrew Shanahan ’14 is from Warwick, New York.

What DOC Trip are you leading this fall?

I’m leading a hiking trip from Storrs Pond to Balch Hill.

What are you studying?

I am majoring in history.

What DOC Trip did you go on?

I climbed Mount Adams in a “Moderate Hiking” trip with my wonderful leaders Adam Sanford ’13  and Trisha Murphy ‘13. Warning to those reading who are planning on going on “Moderate” hiking, there was nothing moderate about it. Very steep. Very cold. Very wet. Very Awesome.

3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth…

Can. Words. Explain?

Why are you excited for DOC Trips 2012?

Any chance to reconnect with the outdoors in the beautiful Upper Valley while meeting new people and reliving my initial experiences as a freshmen is entirely welcome. Plus, it is an excuse to stick around at Dartmouth after my summer final exams are over…

The best or worst advice you received during your first-year at Dartmouth…

Best: Try everything, keep all your doors open, and have to courage to step outside of your comfort zone.

Worst: Dude! You can definitely eat two more breakfast bombs! I did it this morning!!

What kind of animal would you want to be?

A Direwolf. Winter is coming…

Favorite Dartmouth memory so far?

A massive, impromptu snowball fight in front of my dorm at 2 in the morning on a clear winter night during my freshman winter really stands out. What started as an argument between two roommates quickly devolved into a turf war between Brown 1 and the entire building of Little (in the Choates cluster), with snow flying in the courtyard, dorm halls, and individual rooms. Needless to say, Brown 1 went home the victors.

The one item you forgot to pack when you came to Dartmouth…

A note from my mom explaining how to work the strange and wonderous “laundry machines.”  It took me a couple tries to figure it out by myself. Seriously, just ask for help.

Your ideal Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth…

Prodigious amounts of television, a trip to the gym for some pickup basketball or outdoor activity if the weather is nice, sleeping in late, and last but not least, a chicken tender quesadilla from the Hop cafe with barbeque sauce in lieu of salsa. Get it immediately once orientation starts.  You won’t be disappointed.


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