Volunteer Profile: Hunter van Adelsberg ’15

Hunter van Adelsberg '15 is from Villanova, PA.
Hunter van Adelsberg ’15 is from Villanova, PA.

What is your role for Trips 2015?

Member of a support croo

What do you like to study?

Engineering mainly, with a little of everything on the side

If you went on a DOC Trip, which trip did you go on?

Climbing! (now Climb and Hike)

What are 3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth?

Uncertain, hopeful, expansive

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2015?

As a graduated (yikes) senior going into my 5th year at the Thayer School, I’m excited have the opportunity to welcome one more class to Dartmouth and to share some thoughts and experiences that, I hope, will be useful as they start their own journey at this awesome school. I also love the New Hampshire wilderness and can’t wait for another adventure out in it.

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip (or if you didn’t go on a trip, before the start of your time at Dartmouth)?

The main one was finding community on campus. A big part of why I wanted to be at Dartmouth was that it seemed to attract truly grounded and genuine people; the flip side, though, was this perceived level of outgoingingness and extraversion on campus that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to match.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

Any kind of self-made Foco concoction

Tell us about a highlight of your time at Dartmouth so far.

My sophomore summer I was lucky enough to help organize The Fifty, the annual 50-mile-straight hike from Hanover to Moosilauke. The end of this trek sees all the teams of hikers walking down over Mt. Moosilauke and into the Ravine Lodge for food and some much-needed rest. Spooning out chile and cornbread on the Lodge field as the weary trekkers rolled in, I saw how this crazy undertaking had brought together people from all walks of campus life with a shared sense of belonging, purpose and adventure. I felt deeply content in that moment and so grateful that I went to a school where something like this was possible — the hike, but also what came after.

What’s the most important item you forgot to pack when you came to move in?

Non-cotton socks! Get some for Trips and/or for winter!

If you could go back to the beginning of your first year here and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

Get involved in the DOC this year. Try more new things. Focus on people. Trust yourself.


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