Trip Leader Profile: Fischer Yan ’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 Fischer Yan ’14

Fischer Yan ’14 is from Fairfax, Virginia.

What DOC Trip are you leading this fall?

I am leading an organic farming trip at Dartmouth’s Organic Farm!

What are you studying?

I’m a geography major.

What DOC Trip did you go on?

I also went on an organic farming trip as a freshmen!

3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth…

Experimental. Liberating. Charming.

Why are you excited for DOC Trips 2012?

Unspeakable number of name games and team building exercises!

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

Best: Don’t try to fulfill distributives in your first year; you will accumulate a lot of them simply through the classes you’re required to take through you major; however, do try to use your first year seminar or writing 5 class to explore a department you may not cover in your major.

Worst: If you want to do business, be an economics major. Totally false.

What kind of animal would you want to be?

Honey Badger, because honey badger don’t care. It just wants what it wants.

Favorite Dartmouth memory so far?

My most precious Dartmouth moments have been when I sit back, take a deep breath, and just steep in the incredible things around me. Whether I’m sitting in the Tower Room and watching the leaves fall on a sunny afternoon, or walking through a silent snowfall, or lying in the courtyard of my dorm cluster soaking in the sun. There is a lot of responsibilities, obligations, meetings and whatever that fills a day but it’s really the moments of just being present that make all the difference.

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

Snow boots—my mom told me to buy winter boots so I bought high heeled leather boots to be worn in the winter time. I did not wear those boots once all year because Dartmouth doesn’t have very heel-friendly terrain. In fact, from the month of December to March, there is ice and slush everywhere. BUY GOOD SNOW BOOTS. You will need them.

Your ideal Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth…

Cooking with friends—you can get groceries from the Co-Op Grocery Store and if you want specialty foods (I like to cook Chinese food) there is a tiny Chinese grocery store in West Lebanon that has all the crucial basics.


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