Voices of Trips: Peety Kaur ’15

This post is a super special addition to our Voices of Trips series, written by our fabulous Trips Director, Peety Kaur ’15.

Trips is a little over a week away and I am overwhelmed with excitement and nerves. I’ve spent the last ten months planning transportation routes, booking campsites, designing new trips, and envisioning trippees stepping onto Robo lawn for the first time. As these visions materialize into reality, I am reminded of what inspired me to apply for the job of Trips Director in the first place. I’m so excited to watch ‘19s meet their trippees and leaders for the first time–wonderful moments filled with excitement, anxiety, and a wee bit of awkwardness. I can’t wait to see connections form between first-years, as they discover how incredibly unique and special their peers are. I’m looking forward to hearing stories of trippees who surprised themselves as they mountain biked, kayaked, and hiked like pros. Above all else, I’m so excited to watch first-years start to feel just a little more comfortable in the place they are about to spend four very unique and formative years of their lives.

Peety with her trippees and leaders fresh off their trip!
Peety with her trippees and leaders fresh off her trip!

As Trips approaches, I can’t help but reminisce on my own five-day excursion that happened four long years ago. Many parts of my trip are just blurry memories, but some moments will forever remain vivid in my mind. My first memory is the incredible amount of paralyzing awkwardness I felt as I approached Robinson Hall, watching people dance and socialize around me as I tried shrink into the tree I was standing against (luckily an upperclassman soon ran over to me, easing my anxiety as I stared in awe at her pink hair). I always laugh when I think about my trip scrambling around our campsite, throwing our stuff under a tarp, as rain unexpectedly poured out of the sky; and smile when I think about sleeping under that tarp huddled next to my smelly trippees, telling each other stories of our high school days. I cringe when I think about waking up at 1am, realizing burrito night had put an end to my strike against pooping in the woods. And I feel pride when I remember strapping on a harness for the first time and climbing up a rock wall that initially seemed insurmountable. Overall I definitely had a lot of fun on my trip, and looking back have realized that I gained quite a lot from those five days. I met my trip leader, who over the years became my role model at Dartmouth. I realized how much I love being up in the mountains, which inspired me to get involved with the DOC. And I learned that I can be put in a group of complete strangers and be okay. It’s true that I didn’t become best friends with my trippees or master the Salty Dog Rag, but when I think about Trips 2011, I can’t help but smile.

CIMG4355
Peety, second from the left, is from West Lebanon, NH!

Now, I don’t expect everyone’s experiences on Trips to be like mine. There’s no such thing as doing Trips right and no definition of a successful Trips experience. All I hope is that in four years when the ‘19s have graduated and are reminiscing about their first-year trips, they also have some memories they can share. And if I may be so bold, I hope that when those memories are shared, some of them bring smiles to their faces.

I can’t wait to meet you, trippees! Have a safe journey to Dartmouth, and I will see you soon!

Advertisements

Welcome Class of 2018!

Welcome ’18s!

On behalf of the Trips program, I want to say – Welcome to Dartmouth!
I remember how overwhelmingly crazy the college application process was, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover. We’re so excited to welcome you guys to the family.

Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.
Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.

My name is Yobiel Kelati ‘15 and I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips – commonly referred to as “Trips.” We are all so excited for you guys to be here in a little over three months! It may seem like a long time, but your Trip will be here before you (or we) know it.

DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started. Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘18s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!

Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September. The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class. Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students. Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking. We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!

DOC Trip
My first-year DOC Trip…canoeing for the first time was an incredible experience.

I’m a member of the (illustrious) Class of 2015, so it’s been three years since my own First-Year Trip. I had never really been camping much before, so I went Cabin Camping. It ended up being the best trip for me – I got all the experiences of being outdoors and got to sleep in a cabin at the end of each day. The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.

Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth. Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you today, June 5th. Until trips start, you can go back through some of the old posts and get a feel for what to expect. New material will be coming out very soon, so be on the look out. Get excited to begin an incredible four years!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year (if it hasn’t ended yet) and have a wonderful summer!

Yobiel Kelati ‘15

P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!

Welcome Class of 2017!

Welcome Early Decision ’17s!

This blog post appeared on the Undergraduate Admissions “Dartmouth Direct” blog on December 6, 2012. 

Class of 2017 – Welcome to Dartmouth!

Congratulations on your acceptance and for getting through one of the more stressful parts of high school!  I remember how overwhelmingly crazy this time of year was with college decisions, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover.

Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.
Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.

My name is Chris O’Connell and I am the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips Program – usually just known as “Trips.”  I am SO incredibly excited for you all to come to Dartmouth in 8ish months.  It seems like a long ways away (…because it is), but it will fly by and before you know it, we’ll be welcoming you to campus for your First-Year Trip!

DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started.  Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘17s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!

Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September.  The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class.  Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students.  Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking.  We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!

DOC Trip
My first-year DOC Trip…casually posing hanging out on a chair lift.

I’m a member of the (great) Class of 2013, so it was only four years ago that I went on my own DOC Trip – rock climbing! I had never been climbing before, but I had the chance to learn and check out a beautiful portion of the Appalachian Trail.  Three years ago, I got to lead a hiking trip in the White Mountains and had a blast leading a group of freshmen through their first days at Dartmouth.  The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.

Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth.  Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you later in 2013, but for now – enjoy this moment and get excited for an incredible four years!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

Chris O’Connell ‘13

P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!