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NSO Leader SPOTLIGHT

All of our New Student Orientation Priddy Trip Leaders are current students! That means that every incoming student will have the opportunity to get to know someone that knows exactly what it means to be a student at Colorado College. 

NSO Leaders primary responsibility is to create a welcoming, safe, fun, and unique orientation to CC. All leaders are trained through the Outdoor Education Office and receive further training in partnership from a variety of offices including, The Butler Center, Wellness Resource Center, Office of the Dean, and the Collaborative for Community Engagement

Take a look at our current NSO Leader SPOTLIGHT to get to know a small handfull of our student leaders!


Joe Vuchetich

Name: Joe Vuchetich

Year: Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor(s): Economics Major, Religion Minor

From: Milwaukee, WI

Favorite cereal?: Raisin Bran

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Eleven Mile State Park and Climbing in Eleven Mile Canyon

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: N/A

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: My Priddy trip gave me an excellent introduction to CC because my two leaders were very social guys who were able to discuss most things about CC because they either experienced it or knew someone who had. I also had a diverse group of other first-years, with people from Chicago, New York City, Toyota, Japan, Shanghai, Poland, and Los Angeles. After the trip, I felt so welcomed and comfortable with CC right away, and I can't wait to give that experience to a group of other new students.

Advice for incoming students?: Worry less and play more.


Slaico

Name: Sarah Laico

Year: Junior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Psychology Major, Music and Spanish Minors

From: Warwick, NY

Favorite cereal?: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Eleven Mile State Park and Climbing in Eleven Mile Canyon

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: Colorado Fourteeners’ Initiative, La Plata Peak

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: I was so fortunate to participate on a rockclimbing Priddy trip with hilarious, down-to-earth leaders and such honest individuals. I felt so much more prepared for CC socially after Priddy and made some important connections and friendships with people that will last me through my CC career. I led NSO last year and continue to do so because leading trips allows me to meet incredible people, see beautiful landscapes just hours away, and leave with a sense of accomplishment, stories, and laughs.

Advice for incoming students?: Your best friends are not necessarily the first people you meet! Give it time. You will make friendships to last a lifetime if you are patient.


Ryan Garcia

Name: Ryan Garcia (pronouns they, them, theirs)

Year: Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor(s): Feminist and Gender Studies Major

From: Houston, TX

Favorite cereal?: I don't always eat cereal but when I do, I eat Cocoa Puffs.

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Wild Earth Guardians

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: N/A

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: I appreciated growing close to one of my leaders because of the Priddy Experience. Not only did I gain a mentor in my leader but a friend as well. Throughout my trip, I felt safe; safe to be myself and be vulnerable. I didn't know what to expect going into the Priddy Experience but I allowed myself to be flexible enough to enjoy every second of the trip.

Advice for incoming students?: I encourage every freshman to try something new, whether that be taking in the outdoor experience or eating a new food you've never tried before. Make the most out of what you're given and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Like Michael Scott once quoted, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take."


Hoang Pham

Name: Hoang Pham

Year: Senior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Biochemistry Major, Classics Minor

From: Soc Trang, Vietnam

Favorite cereal?: I do not eat cereal.

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Salida Ranger District

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: Valley View Hot Springs, Pike's Peak Barr Trail,

Wildlife Refuge at Baca Campus

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: Coming into CC with little experience in outdoor activities, I have had great times learning a lot of new skills and making good friends with many people through the Outdoor Education Program at CC. In addition, leading the Priddy experience has always been rewarding because I have the chance to learn inspiring stories about others as well as share my own experiences with the first-year students.

Advice for incoming students?: Be open to changes in and around you. Have the courage to try things that you've been wanting to do but haven't had the chance to. Work hard, play hard!


Austin Martin

Name: Austin Martin

Year: Senior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Organismal Biology and Ecology Major

From: Chattanooga, TN

Favorite cereal?: Raisin Bran

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Cheyenne Mountain

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: Leading for the first time in 2017!

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: My Priddy Trip Experience provided me with an opportunity to make connections with fellow first-year students as well as with a couple of upperclass students (my leaders). The small-group style approach to the Priddy Trip allowed us to open up to each other and to ask questions that we may not have asked had we been in a larger group. Having student leaders was extremely beneficial as they provided great advice and presented some of the many doors of opportunity that CC has to offer. For example, one of my leaders, Emma Longcope, introduced me to the Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund. I have taken advantage of this fund throughout my years at CC and I perhaps would have never known about it if it weren’t for her! Additionally, the Priddy Trip experience gave me a sense of connection with Colorado that cannot be attained by remaining on campus.

Advice for incoming students?: Get out of your comfort zone! If a new opportunity that seems healthy and reasonable presents itself, give it a try! Connect with students of all years, not just first-years!


Cody Leong

Name: Cody Leong

Year: Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor(s): Molecular Biology Major

From: Houston, TX

Favorite cereal?: Lucky Charms without a doubt.

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Wildlife West

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: Leading for the first time in 2017!

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: In my opinion, the most valuable thing that came out of my Priddy trip as a freshman was being able to form good relationships with the other freshmen on the trip and my leaders.

Advice for incoming students?: CC has so many diverse clubs and activities to offer, so don't be afraid to stray outside of your comfort zone, especially as a first-year student.


Emma Fetterly

Name: Emma Fetterly

Year: Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor(s): Undeclared

From: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite cereal?: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Priddy Trips you’ve led?:Leading for the first time in 2017! 

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: My Priddy trip was amazing! I met really fun people and even a really close friend. We got to see how beautiful Colorado is and I can't wait to show it to my future trippees!

Advice for incoming students?: Grilled cheese Fridays at the Preserve are a must.


Mary Murphy

Name: Mary Murphy

Year: Senior

Major(s) and Minor(s): English Major, Journalism Minor

From: West Palm Beach, FL

Favorite cereal?: Arrowhead Mills Maple Buckwheat Flakes - maple syrup in cereal?! Yes please!

Priddy Trip on which you participated?: Carson National Forest

Priddy Trips you’ve led?: Easter Seals Camp

Reflect on the Priddy Experience, as a past participant and/or leader: The Priddy Experience is such an awesome way to not only meet new people in your incoming class but to explore everything Colorado and the Southwest have to offer. And the volunteer aspect is always something awesome too! This year I am a rising senior so I am hoping to lead a Priddy trip somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and share my love of the backcountry with the incoming class!

Advice for incoming students?: Know that at some point during orientation or the Priddy experience you are going to feel overwhelmed; that's okay. Your Priddy trip leaders are there to help you every step of the way!