Trip Leader Profile: Natalie Shell ’15

Note: This post is part of the “Trip Leader Profile” series, which will introduce some of the student volunteers for DOC Trips 2014. To learn more about our great group of trip leaders, check out the introduction to the blog’s series here.

10 Questions for Natalie Shell ‘15

Natalie is from Los Altos, CA.

What DOC trip are you leading this fall?
Organic Farming

What DOC Trip did you go on?
Bike and Hike

What are you studying?
History and Environmental Studies

3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth?
Joyful; Exciting; Exhausting

Why are you excited for DOC First-Year Trips 2014?
I am pumped for the energy that accompanies First-Year Trips–the nerves, the excitement. For me, Trips is one of the first great adventures you have at Dartmouth and as a leader it’s such a joy to get to introduce the College to incoming students.

What’s your favorite thing to eat on campus?
The Hulk at the Hop. It’s egg whites and cheese on a wheat tortilla. Really good with spinach and honey mustard as well.

What has been the highlight of your time at Dartmouth thus far?
The highlight of my time at Dartmouth has definitely been my two terms abroad in Argentina and London on two Off Campus Programs. While I still felt connected to Dartmouth (because I was studying and living with students), I was able to freely explore a new environment.

What was the most important item you forgot to pack before coming to Dartmouth to move in?
Scissors and a doorstop. Pack these in your suitcase where it’s easily accessible. You’ll want to use the scissors to cut open all the boxes you ship over and you’ll need a doorstop to keep the doors open during move in and the rest of the year. Also, I forgot to pack socks. You’ll need socks in college. Bring socks.

What’s your ideal Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth?
Lazily lounging on the green with friends.

What piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?
Discover places around campus where you can be alone, hopefully outside. Find places to go walking, to go sit, or to take some time for yourself. It can be a weekly walk to a cafe in Norwich (across the bridge), a new study space at the Howe Library, or attending a performance at the Hop alone. Basically, respect yourself and your needs. It’s okay to do things alone or away from Dartmouth.

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