Trip Leader Profile: Tommy Das ’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 Das ’13

Tommy Das ’13 is from Houston, Texas.

What DOC Trip are you leading this fall?

I’m leading a hiking trip in the Kinsmans & at Mt. Moosilauke!

What are you studying?

I am a biology major with an english major.  And I’m also pre-med.

What DOC Trip did you go on?

My freshman trip was E65, Hiking in the Northern Presidentials!

3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth…

Exciting. Overwhelming. Comforting.

Why are you excited for DOC Trips 2012?

DOC Trips is an amazing example of how much the student body can accomplish when it comes together in pursuit of a common goal. Through the First-Year Trips program, upperclassman are able to make meaningful connections with freshman in such a way that the college experience stops becoming an imposing part of someone’s future and starts becoming an exciting reality. Basically, DOC Trips is one of those times that Dartmouth really feels like one unified community, and that feeling is what I look forward to every year.

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

There is no one “correct way” to go through Dartmouth. To get the most out of your college experience, its important to find the things that make you as an individual happy, and not to do things just for the sake of doing them. Never be afraid to try something new and out of your comfort zone, and moreover don’t be afraid of exploring a bunch of different things your freshman year. As long as you are having fun and are satisfied with what you have going on, that’s what really matters. After all, your time at Dartmouth will be over before you know it, so try to make the most of it!

What kind of animal would you want to be?

Rocktopus. It’s like an octopus. But much better.

Favorite Dartmouth memory so far?

One of my absolute favorite moments has been hopelessly trying to ice-skate on Occom pond. Despite being Texan with absolutely no business on ice-skates, hanging out on the pond is a great way to get through a tough winter.

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

A Fan. Also, an extension chord or a power strip will be very, very helpful.

Your ideal Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth…

There are really too many things to do at Dartmouth for me to describe an “ideal” afternoon. You can rent a canoe, play frisbee on the green, spend the night in a cabin, see a movie at the Hop, hang out in Collis, watch the sunset over the golf course, and so so so much more. The great thing about your first year at Dartmouth is that all of sudden you have more freetime than ever before and exciting people to fill it with. Adventure is out there!

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