Class Year: 2018
Groups: Outing Club, DKE
Q: How did you first get involved in student leadership on campus?
A: I got involved with leadership with the Outing Club by going on practically every trip they ran during my freshman year and got super close with the president and treasurer of the club. The club apparently had a tradition of naming a freshman the new president of the club and since I was so active throughout the year the two thought that I was worthy of the title.
Q: What have been some of the successful events Outing Club had held?
A: All of our trips this year have been successful! I really only rate a trip on its success by how much fun everyone had on the trip. I don’t care about how many names we had on our sign up sheet or how many people showed up to the trip itself, as long as those who showed up and came had an awesome day in the great outdoors I couldn’t really ask for anything more from the club.
Q: What are some of the challenges you face when planning events?
A: Honestly the biggest challenge we face is dealing with organizing transportation through the school. It’s difficult for us to organize trips super far in advance due to how random the weather is in our area, so it can be difficult to commit to some activities so far in advance. There have also been times when we went through all the right steps to secure transportation for a trip, yet upon the day of our trip we arrive to Campus Safety to find out that there isn’t a van for our group due to the head of traffic having a knack for being disorganized.
Q: What has been your favorite trip?
A: My favorite trip was definitely going ice climbing the winter of my freshman year. It was a trip I would have loved to have brought back last year but we ran into the problem of there not being any ice anywhere due to how warm of a winter it was. BUT hopefully things will be cooler this year and I’d love to run that trip again.
Q: How do you see Outing Club as a beneficial addition to the Union community?
A: I believe that the Outing Club is one of the most important clubs on this campus. It’s written in our club’s constitution that the purpose of the Outing Club is “to encourage students to spend time outdoors and experience nature. As students, we spend most of our time inside focused on academic studies, but it is crucial to also go outside and experience what nature has to offer.” The phrase the “Union Bubble” is often used to describe the dynamic of college campus, and our club enables those who sometimes feel trapped within the gates of our school to find that escape they so desire. The Outing Club excels in this field due to how relaxed the nature of our club is. We’re just a bunch of kids who wanna go have an awesome time in the outdoors. There’s no academic or social pressure on any of our trips so we really allow students to really relax and take a step back away from the Union exam cycle.
Q: How has actively being involved in leadership positions affected your experience?
A: I’ve had so much fun being part of the leadership for the Outing Club. I basically just think of cool hikes/trips that I want to go on and then organize a trip through the club. I’m pretty much just crossing hikes off my bucket list and organizing trips so that other people can go on them with me. It’s a pretty sweet scenario and I’m having tons of fun with it this year.
Q: If you could offer any advice to first-years looking to get involved, what would it be?
A: If you’re interested in getting involved with club leadership only do it for clubs that you’re truly passionate about. There are too many clubs on campus which have leadership positions which are filled by students who are only looking to boost their resumes. I would prefer to save those spots for those who are truly passionate about the club’s goals and expectations, allowing those clubs to work at their maximum abilities. If you’re interested in a club, attend an event or two and talk to the club leadership before deciding to get fully involved.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Union?
A: How supportive the administration is!
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat off-campus?
A: Domino’s, but only after 1 a.m.