Trip Leader Profile: Tommy Patek ’13

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 Tommy Patek ’13

Tommy Patek ’13 is from Long Grove, Illinois.

What DOC Trip are you leading this fall?

I am leading a fishing trip in the 2nd College Grant.

What are you studying?

I am a history major focusing on international history & relations, political theory, grand strategy, and war &  peace studies.

What DOC Trip did you go on?

I was actually on a fishing trip my freshmen year…very excited for round 2!

3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth…

Exciting. Incredible. Challenging.

Why are you excited for DOC Trips 2012?

My freshman trip was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had since coming to Dartmouth. My leaders were awesome, and I ended up becoming best friends with many of the people on my trip and in my section. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in DOC Trips again, especially in my new role as a trip leader.

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

Best: Endlessly pursue the people and things you’re passionate about.

Worst: Don’t major in a subject like history if you plan on getting a job.

What kind of animal would you want to be?

A black lab.

Favorite Dartmouth memory so far?

Getting lost with my friends looking for the copper mines every week freshman spring and ending up on a series of ridiculous adventures.

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

My passport…go visit Montreal/Canada freshman year if you get the chance!

Your ideal Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth…

Watching a Dartmouth sporting event, hanging out at my fraternity, going to the river or the green with our dogs, and grabbing dinner with my friends in town.


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