Trip Leader Profile: Katy Peake ’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 Katy Peake ‘15

Katy is from Amherst, MA.

What DOC trip are you leading this fall?
Hike and Climb

What DOC Trip did you go on?
Hiking 4

What are you studying?

3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth?
Weird, exciting, facetimey, fun

Why are you excited for DOC First-Year Trips 2014?
Trips push students outside of their comfort zones and expose them to experiences that they might not try otherwise. Freshman year can also be uncomfortable at times, so it’s great that students meet some friends and learn to laugh at themselves a little bit before classes even start.

What’s your favorite thing to eat on campus?
In the morning at Collis, you can bring a bagel to the egg counter and they’ll make you an egg and cheese on bagel sandwich. It’s magical and will turn you into a morning person.

What has been the highlight of your time at Dartmouth thus far?
The off-terms I was able to take because of Dartmouth’s D-plan. I got to travel to Nicaragua my sophomore year for a service project and then spent a winter working in a school in New York City my junior year. Both were transformative experiences and allowed me independence and space to learn about “the real world”.

What was the most important item you forgot to pack before coming to Dartmouth to move in?
Nail clippers and postage stamps. I guess that’s not so bad, I’m a pretty organized person.

What’s your ideal Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth?
Playing ultimate frisbee with my team at Sachem fields then jumping in the river.

What piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?
Start thinking about off-terms early because there are tons of opportunities for funding at Dartmouth, but deadlines pass quickly. Be creative about your off terms- search online, talk to people, search through the binders at the Tucker Foundation and Dickey Center. Don’t think LSA’s and FSP’s are your only options!


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