Volunteer Profile: Kyu Kim ’18

img_2819-e1502912835652.jpgWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Crooling. 

What do you like to study?

Math, Computer Science, Music

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?

Returning to the Dartmouth community and welcoming the 21s onto campus. I’ve been off or abroad since last fall and I am so excited to see fresh and old faces alike!

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

I was most afraid of meeting new people and forming a sense of community in this remote college that I had decided to call home. I wanted a fresh start and was terrified of going out into the woods and not showering for a few days as the beginning of my college experience.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

Collis stir fry, chicken extra crispy, light teriyaki, regular hot sauce, with two eggs over easy on top

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

I’ve spent a lot of late nights in 1902 room, the 24-hour study space in the library. I think my favorite moments are when people walk into that room and hunker down at 2AM to study and keep me company when I am struggling to stay awake. As difficult as it sounds, there is no bonding experience greater than going through hardships with other people.

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

Band-aids. I am a clumsy person.

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

Slow down, and explore everything around you to figure out what you enjoy. Dartmouth provides a wonderful four years for you to grow into the person you want to become, while surrounded by some of the brightest and kindest people I have personally met. As a senior, I can tell you the time passes quickly, and it’s so important that you make good use of it.

Volunteer Profile: Julia Huebner ’20

What is your role for trips 2017? Crooling.

What do you like to study?

Human centered design (engineering + psychology), public policy, and anthropology

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

Hiking 4

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?

Playing off the energy that the ’21s bring to campus!

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

I was nervous that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. That’s okay. I still don’t.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

A peanut butter and nutella sandwich from FOCO.

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

During the spring of 2017, I got some bad news from home while I was out on a run. I texted my best friend that I needed her to come meet me: within 10 minutes, she was by my side. I emailed one of my mentors, a professor at Dartmouth, if I could speak with him during his office hours. Turns out he was out of town, but he offered to call me that night. That’s special; that’s Dartmouth. Bad stuff is always going to happen, but it’s your friends and mentors who make the bad stuff less bad. I hope you will also find people who are unconditionally there for you during your time at Dartmouth.

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

You’ll fail at things (and you probably aren’t used to that). You’ll fail to get into clubs, a cappella auditions, sports teams, jobs, Dartmouth-specific programs, or fail at simple social interaction (been there). Blitz me if you want a list of my own failures and reassurance that yours are okay, too.

Another note to 21’s:

There are people here who are so excited to help you, to teach you, to guide you, to love you. But you have to show up for that to happen. Attend the first day of that random class. Email that professor and offer to take them to lunch. Sign up for tutoring. Book a Dartmouth-owned cabin with friends. Sign up for weekend hikes with the DOC. Go to a random club meeting. You might feel awkward or out of place or be the youngest person in the room, but dang, it feels good to live with few regrets.

Volunteer Profile: Kelly Caputo ’19

fbcatpic - Kelly CaputoWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Trip leader. 

What do you like to study?

Sociology

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?

I’m really excited to provide guidance to the incoming ’21s. My trip made the transition to Dartmouth so much easier, and I hope to make my tripees feel the same way.

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

I was really nervous about starting over and having to go through the awkward phase where you ask people what their name is four times in one conversation. Trips really erased that fear because I immediately grew close to them and could say hi to them by name around campus during orientation!

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

Collis Pasta

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

Coming from Florida, my freshman winter was my first time seeing snow. It was so fun to have my first snowball fight, try skiing (lol), and make my first snow angel with friends at 3 in the morning on my way home from the library.

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

I didn’t think I’d need a fan in September up north, but the dorms get pretty hot in early fall and late spring. I bought one soon after getting to Hanover.

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

TAKE PICTURES – Time flies at Dartmouth and you’re going to want to remember every second of it!

Volunteer Profile: Cristian Cano ’20

img_1253-cristian-cano.jpgWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Crooling

What do you like to study?

Biology (especially genetics), Music, and Italian

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?

I can’t wait to meet new students and answer their questions! I’ve always been someone who needs a lot of support when making any sort of major transition, so I love being in positions where the roles are flipped and I can instead be the one giving the support.

Additionally, I have a lot of (sometimes contradictory) identities – such as being a first-gen, low-income student who attended a college prep boarding school, or being a person of Mexican-American descent who didn’t grow up speaking Spanish – so I like to think that I can relate to others from a wide array of backgrounds and speak both honestly and sensitively about many topics. If you see me during trips, please feel free to ask me anything – I’m an open book!

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

I was incredibly nervous! Admittedly, as the kid who chose theater over sports throughout high school, I’m not exactly “athletic” or “in great shape” – which sometimes feels like a crime, especially at a school like Dartmouth where a solid portion of the student body consists of athletes. For example: I was legitimately worried that I might not be able to pass the swim test, while it felt like everyone around me was just laughing it off as the easiest thing ever. (I did pass, though I was very out of breath by the end of it!)

So, even though my trip wasn’t as physically strenuous as, say, Hiking 4, I was still worried that I’d be the one slowing everyone else down. Thankfully, my trip leaders did an amazing job of considering everyone’s strengths and making sure that everyone could comfortably keep up. By the end of my trip, I felt like I had been physically challenged just enough, but never too much.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

I know it’s a cliché answer, but there’s nothing like a good tender queso from The Hop! (Pro tip for incoming students: for some reason, Dartmouth students love to shorten the names of everything, and food is no exception. Tender queso translates to “chicken tender quesadilla.” )

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

Writing for The Dartmouth, the *oldest* college newspaper in the nation, has been great! I had always wanted to write for my high school’s newspaper, but to do that you had to be enrolled in the journalism class. I never had room in my schedule for it, so I told myself that I would check out student journalism again once I got to college!

While I wanted to write for a newspaper, I didn’t want to strictly write about news – I was, and still am, much more interested in more personal, almost Buzzfeed-esque stories about people and culture. So when I heard about the Mirror, The Dartmouth’s weekly magazine focused on campus life and culture through both serious and lighthearted pieces, I was sold. I applied at the beginning of my freshman fall, and now it’s become my biggest commitment on campus!

I’ve written pieces about escape rooms and snowball fights, professors’ personal lives and the unseen struggles of student workers, gender and sexuality programming and the organizations that bring live musical acts to campus. I’ve interviewed countless students, professors, alumni – and the president of the Hanover Town Democrats. I’ve even written about the flaws of college journalism! I believe that there’s something special and empowering about being able to write stories that you’re passionate about and tangibly influence the spread of knowledge on campus. The Mirror gives me that freedom in a way that other sections of The D couldn’t.

Plus, it’s pretty cool when you Google your name and your articles show up on the first page.

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 do things at your own pace! All throughout freshman year, I felt like I was lagging behind everyone else: in terms of signing up for clubs, choosing what subjects I wanted to pursue, deciding how I wanted to spend my free time… the list goes on!

At a school like Dartmouth, there will ALWAYS be people who seem like their lives are set. Y’know, like the people in intro level classes who definitely AREN’T being introduced to the material for the first time. (I ran into them a lot, and, as a genuine beginner in my classes, I was scared.)

It’s normal to feel intimidated sometimes, but you have the power to overcome the feeling and keep doing what makes YOU happy. As you’ll eventually find out, everyone is doing such different, unique things that you can’t compare yourself as a person to anyone else. You just can’t.

Volunteer Profile: Carolyn McShea ’18

17834918_10209050588007947_5353359331174674290_o - Carolyn McSheaWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Crooling.

What do you like to study?

Holistic approaches to sustainable design.

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?

Trips represents the best of Dartmouth in so many ways. There isn’t a single thing or moment in time that I that gets me most excited; I love the energy surrounding the whole production.

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

Before my first-year trip, I was most nervous about impressing the people around me. Somewhere between one mountain and another I became too tired to care, and then, magically, I started having a ton of fun!

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

Over my sophomore summer, a group of friends and I lived in an off-campus house. There, together, we would often cook big meals with our neighbors. One time we were biking home with groceries and it started pouring. We put on music while we cooked and danced to that and the sounds of the weather outside. It was a magical evening.

Another note for 21’s:

Don’t be too hard on yourself your freshman year. You’ve never done this before, so there’s no reason you should expect yourself to get it all perfect.

Volunteer Profile: Rebecca Luo ’20

IMG_3729 - Rebecca LuoWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Trip Leader. 

What do you like to study?

Everything! I came into my freshman year completely undecided, and that hasn’t really changed yet.

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

Before my trip, I was still worried that Dartmouth wasn’t the school for me. I was scared that I wouldn’t make any friends and that I would be miserable during my trip. It hit me pretty hard on the bus ride up to Dartmouth when all the other ’20s were talking to one another, but I didn’t know what to say to anyone. But it turned out to be an amazing experience, and my own trip leaders and trippees were really nice!

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

Grilled cheese sandwiches at the Hop. And I also consume an unnatural number of cheez-its from the McLaughlin snack bar.

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

My relationship with Dartmouth has always been full of very high highs and very low lows. In high school, I wasn’t planning on applying to Dartmouth. I still don’t know what made me finally apply, but I’m glad I did. If I could go back in time, I’d tell myself that it’s okay to not be okay at Dartmouth.

Dimensions and Trips were amazing experiences, but actually coming to Dartmouth in the fall left me feeling disillusioned and a little lost. Fall term went alright, but winter term was extremely difficult for me. I was close to transferring to other schools because I felt that Dartmouth couldn’t have been the right place for me if I was struggling so much.

Now, I think it’s okay to not love Dartmouth 100%. I feel really grateful for having the opportunity to come to this school and learn a lot about myself as well as grow as a person. I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate this space, but with the help of many wonderful people, I’m learning how to thrive in an environment that isn’t always the best. Every bad experience I’ve had at Dartmouth has helped shape me into someone I’m now proud of. Not everything’s peachy keen, but everything helped make me who I am today, so that’s a good start I think.

Another note for 21’s:

Feeling isolated at the beginning of freshman year is a pretty common thing, I think. So if anyone ever feels lonely and wants to talk, grab a meal, or even study with someone, feel free to reach out to me! I love meeting new people, and I hope I can help make some ’21s feel a little more welcome during what can be a really difficult transition.

Volunteer Profile: John Beute ’20

IMG_4159 - John BeuteWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Crooling

What do you like to study?

Anthropology and Psychology

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

Flatwater Kayaking

 

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

Exhilarating, challenging, rewarding

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

I was petrified to enter an unfamiliar setting full of people I had never met before. However, I realized pretty quickly that there was no reason to be scared, as all of the other ’20s were in the same boat (pun intended).

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

My first a cappella show with the Brovertones my freshman fall.

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

I don’t think I forgot to pack anything important, but I definitely packed way too many clothes. I brought a solid 10+ shirts and jackets that I didn’t wear once. Packing light is the way to go!

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

Put yourself out there and get involved, but don’t overcommit too early. Ask yourself if the club/activity you’re signing up for is something you really want to do–if it isn’t, think it over. At the same time, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get accepted into a program/organization that you really wanted to get involved in. At Dartmouth, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of brilliant people that all want to get involved, and it can sometimes get competitive. Keep trying, keep putting yourself out there, and you’ll be rewarded.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

For any ’21s reading this, don’t be nervous! You may feel like an awkward fish out of water when you first get to Hanover for Trips, but the feeling fades quickly once you get out there with your trippees and trip leaders. You’ll have an amazing time.

Volunteer Profile: Rachel Kesler ’19

Rachel3 - Rachel KeslerWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Nature photography trip leader

What do you like to study?

History and Native American studies

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

Hiking 3 (E46!)

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

Transitional, overwhelming, worthwhile

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?

I am so excited to meet my trippees and welcome them to the Dartmouth community! I hope to be a great trip leader and to share some new and fun experiences with my trippees

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

I was nervous about how intense the hiking was going to be! But my trip was great about working together and getting to the Lodge in one piece while having fun.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

Does KAF iced coffee count?

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

Finding my best friends on campus and spending time watching movies and eating pizza with them any night of the week!

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

Pillows! So important!

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

Give yourself time to find your place on campus. It takes everyone a different amount of time to feel comfortable and it’s not a race, you’ll get there sooner or later and when you do you’ll love it.

Volunteer Profile: Kevin Yang ’20

Profile - Kevin YangWhat is your role for trips 2017?

Trip leader!

What do you like to study?

Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology

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

Whitewater Kayaking

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

Challenging, Rewarding, Limitless

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

I was worried about fitting in/making friends since I knew basically no one going into college. Thankfully my trip group fit so well together that they became my first friends and I’m even rooming with one of them this upcoming term!

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

Collis Omelets

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

Going to Acadia National Park in Maine with the DOC. Hiking and canoeing during the fall while the colors were gorgeous.

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

Blankets and Pillows – I slept in a sleeping bag for all of my first term and got so used to it that I just stayed with that for the entire year.

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

Relax. Explore a little your first term but this isn’t high school – doing multiple clubs and activities just means that you’re spreading yourself thin and taking the advanced classes isn’t always necessary.

If you see someone from trips you recognize but are afraid to approach, go for it! Chances are they’re thinking the same thing.

Volunteer Profile: Ana Colón ’18

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What is your role for trips 2017?

Crooling

What do you like to study?

Earth Sciences + Astronomy

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

Hiking 1 (Skiway)

What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?

I’d never hiked before my first year trip, so I was nervous that I wouldn’t be at the same level as others, or that others would think less of me because I couldn’t keep up. Luckily, everyone was super friendly and incredibly helpful.

Favorite food on campus?

Chicken Mondays at the Hop

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

I went on the Stretch (Earth Sciences FSP) this past fall, and it was a legitimately life-changing experience. It got me stoked on the EARS Department, and I got to know 20 of the coolest Dartmouth people I have ever met. It was also a way for me to spend 10 weeks traveling out west and hiking, which was such an amazing experience. 

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

An in-between seasons jacket. When I first got to Dartmouth, all I had was a heavy winter coat and a windbreaker, so fall term consisted of a lot of multiple sweatshirt layering ensembles.

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

Don’t concern yourself with what others think of you. If you think trying something new would be fun, don’t be afraid to try it because you think others will judge you. Just be you, do what you think is fun, and you’ll find your place 🙂