Volunteer Profile: Dorian Allen ’17

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Trip Leader

What do you like to study?

French and Sociology

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

Community Service

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

Fast, adventurous, eye-opening

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

Getting to know all the ’20s. The freshmen always bring such a sense of joy and freshness to campus and I can’t wait to become acquainted to the newest members of our community.

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

My first home swim meet freshman fall.

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

My stuffed animals.

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

Take risks. You have four years solely dedicated to learning and having fun, so make the most of it and don’t play it safe.

Volunteer Profile: Shuoqi Chen ’18

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Oak Hill Crooling

What do you like to study?

Engineering & digital art

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

Climb and hike

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

Exciting, fast, dreamy

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

Meeting amazing new friends!!

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

I saw a baby bear rolling across a mountain biking trip the other day. He was so happy and friendly, and I thought he waved goodbye to us before he dived back into the bushes.

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

A flashlight! 

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

Be brave. Try everything, enjoy every moment, and wake up every morning knowing that you are ready for another wonderful day 🙂

Volunteer Profile: Robert Wang ’18

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Trip Leader

What do you like to study?

Economics, Human Centered Design, World Affairs and Cultures

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

Organic Farming at Luna Bleu Farm

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

Time of GROWTH!

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

MEETING ALL THE 20’S AND WELCOMING THEM TO THE DARTMOUTH FAMILY!

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

Getting a chance to study abroad in Paris and get funding to do a Foreign Service internship in Hong Kong! I’m going to London this fall so I’m super excited to get to travel the world! (:

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

A fan because Hanover can get hot! I got one at the Sustainable sale! 

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

Don’t worry: everything will work out and your friends are here to help!

Voices of Trips: Lara Balick ’19

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Hiking 1 Trip Leader

What do you like to study?

Biology and Ethics

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

Hiking 2

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

Welcoming, exciting, growth

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

I had such a great time on my trip last year. I am looking forward to bonding with my trippees, getting them excited about Dartmouth, and sharing a few of my favorite Dartmouth traditions.

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

I love the simple pleasures of my everyday life at Dartmouth – walking across campus and saying hello to so many people, a Capella shows on weekday nights, lunch with friends at Foco, running in Pine Park, and the beauty of being in New Hampshire.

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

I didn’t bring a hat, coat and gloves! I thought I would be warm enough with a light jacket until I went home for Thanksgiving. I was wrong. Definitely bring warm clothes when you move in in September.

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

As I prepared to leave for college last summer, friends and family repeatedly told me that my next four years at Dartmouth would be the best years of my life. And they were right- it is fantastic. This year I learned so much about myself and the world. I made friends I can’t imagine my life without.

But as much as we idealize college as fun and amazing, it’s not always easy to be here without your support system from home. With rapid personal and academic growth sometimes come growing pains that catch people by surprise because they’re not expecting them. Freshman year is a lot of adjustments all at once- making all new friends, finding yourself in the middle of the pack academically when you’re used to being the highest achiever, and living in a new place without your family.

I would tell myself this one thing if I could do a rewind of freshman year – it’s totally okay to sometimes not be okay. Do your best, don’t be too hard on yourself, and try to remember that you’re not the only one feeling the way you’re feeling.

Volunteer Profile: Alyssa Gonzalez ’17

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Support crooling!

What do you like to study?

Sociology, Geography, International Relations, and Music!

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

Cabin Camping

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

Eye-opening, Magical, and Difficult

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

Starting off my senior year by welcoming in all of the new ’20s! It’s wonderful to have gone full circle in my 4 years and end up back on Trips ready to start my last/best year!

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

A Cappella! I have grown so much through my a cappella group (the Dodecs!) not only as a musician, but as a leader and as a person. 40 years from now that group will be my Dartmouth and my forever family.

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

I actually over packed and I have been trying to get rid of stuff these past three years! I thought that since I was from Texas I would need to bring my entire house with me…Pro Tip: you don’t really need that extra stuff! I never use half of the things I brought (especially clothes). And if you live far away like me packing up your room at the end of every term is THE WORST!

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

You don’t need the Barbour, the Jack Rogers, or that Lilly Dress. So what if you don’t know a single thing about East Coast culture! You will make friends with or without all those material things and you won’t lose yourself in the process.

Volunteer Profile: Paula Mendoza ’19

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Support crooling!

What do you like to study?

Cognitive Science/Neuroscience and Linguistics (and cooking, if that counts)

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

Hiking 3 (G46!)

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

Energizing, rewarding, humbling

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

Having a blast with the wonderful 20s! I can’t wait to give them a warm welcome and help them as much as I can. And of course, spending quality time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire!

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

Wow, it’s hard to pinpoint a single moment, but I’d have to say meeting new people through activities! Being a photographer for The Dartmouth Newspaper has allowed me to see so much of the school and its incredible people. I’m constantly reminded of how amazing it is to be at a place like Dartmouth. My growth that has happened throughout my time at Dartmouth is a highlight itself. Also, though it may be cliché, my Trips experience is most definitely one of my top Dartmouth moments. My trippees and trip leaders are some of my closest friends!

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

Rain boots! Coming from L.A., I never needed a pair. But boy, does it rain in Hanover

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

To give myself the time and room to grow. I naively expected a seamless transition into college — academically, socially, and personally. But I learned throughout my first year that growing was part of the transition and I needed to honor myself by not being so hard on myself when things got difficult and being content when things went well.

Volunteer Profile: Lydia Blanchet ’19

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Grant Crooling

What do you like to study?

Earth Sciences, Geography, Astronomy

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

Hiking 4 (Kinsman-Moosilauke)

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

Hectic, educational, fun!

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

I’m looking forward to spending quality time in the Grant, getting to know trippees and my fellow croolings, and hopefully getting people excited about Dartmouth and about paddling!

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

Over spring break, I went with Ledyard canoe club on a whitewater kayaking trip to North Carolina. I had a blast getting to know lots of rad people and paddling some really fun rivers. Ledyard makes it super easy to get out on trips (multiple times a week, for free!), and one of my favorite parts of the spring was getting to do a lot of paddling in the Hanover area, too.

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

A fan! Hanover is HOT and humid in September!

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

Know that it takes time to get yourself settled! I think a lot of people go into their freshman year expecting to find their community and their best friends right off the bat. In most cases, it takes time – a few weeks, a few months, or even a few terms – to really start finding your place. Just be patient!

Volunteer Profile: Michael Bodek ’19

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

I am leading an adventure quest trip

What do you like to study?

Classics and Economics

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

Hiking 2

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

Exciting, fast-paced, and fun

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

Introducing the 20’s to Dartmouth!

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

My freshman year was full of wonderful experiences that ranged from meeting presidential candidates to swimming in the Connecticut River on a hot spring day, but one highlight really stands out: my birthday was at the very start of freshman fall, and not knowing too many people yet, I expected it to be a normal day. However, to my surprise, my friends threw me a surprise party, and from that moment on I realized that Dartmouth students truly do look after each other.

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

A fan. Though it is known for its cold winters, Hanover can also get quite hot in the fall and spring, and not all dorms have air conditioning.

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

Everyone at Dartmouth is incredibly impressive, and comparing yourself to others is almost never a good thing. Rather than comparing your experiences to those others, just be your best self. Strive to be the best you you can be, and do what will make your four years at Dartmouth the best they can be. Don’t make superficial comparisons between yourself and others; compete only with yourself.

 
 

Volunteer Profile: Rachel Van Gelder ’18

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Trip Leader

What do you like to study?

Biology modified with math

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

J57 – hiking 3!

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

IT FLEW BY

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

Trips is the essence of Dartmouth. It is untainted enthusiasm, it is an incredibly supportive community, it is a spirit, pride, and strength. Everyone in the trips program– trippees and leaders alike– has the opportunity to be immersed in these qualities– I can’t wait to jump in once again.

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

Quarter in Berlin for the German LSA. Incredible experience to be living abroad, immersed in a different culture and language for months at a time. I clicked with my host family and that made my stay fantastic.

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

I overpacked. Not necessarily recommended. Moving in and out is a hassle when you have too much sh*t.

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

It’s okay to ask for help. The reason that Dartmouth is such an incredible place to learn is because the resources are outstanding. It is a waste not to talk to professors/fellow students/TAs, and you’re not showing weakness or lack of inability when you do talk to them. Use what you have right at your fingertips– don’t be shy!!

 
 

Volunteer Profile: Monik Walters ’19

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

I am Trip Leader for Cabin Camping.

What do you like to study?

English/Theater

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

Mountain Biking

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

Experimental, Challenging, and Transformative

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

I want the first year students to get hyped about Dartmouth and I want them to have soooo much fun and feel totally comfortable asking any questions. I cannot wait to see how the 20s make this experience their own and try new things along the way.

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

I remember being in 8 ball hall during the first week of fall term, hanging out with some friends that I had just made, and I was trying to teach them a dance called “Little Man” and while I was trying to teach them the moves, I realized more faces behind me of interested 19s excited to learn the dance as well! Next thing I know I have about 30 people behind me! Things were cramped so someone proposed that we move to Sarner Underground, I said sure and when we arrived a DJ table was set up! People heard the news about the impromptu party and before I could blink twice, we had about 100 people in the room! I was awestruck at what had unfolded, and couldn’t believe that this started with just one dance. I did not know it at the time but some of my best memories of Freshman year had similar qualities: dance, on the spot, people all learning and engaging in a new experience. Later on in the year, I was participating in the danceathon, performing in Boston with SHEBA, performing as one of the Cell Block Tango girls in our Mainstage production of Chicago the musical, or being asked to choreograph specific sets for different fashion shows and other things of the sort. In general, dance at Dartmouth made my experience great and I think that can be true for anyone who finds their niche or passion. I love to move, I love to interact with people and make them smile, and I absolutely love things that are on the spot and impromptu because to me they are the most memorable.

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

I think I forgot to pack deodorant, or a bigger water bottle, or maybe extra underwear. I know I forgot something but I told myself to just keep swimming.

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

1) Back away from the french fries slowly.

2) In all seriousness, I would say slow down a bit, so I could take in all the memories that I enjoyed so much and take time to relax more