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 has experienced what it means to be a student at Colorado College.

Our 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 additional 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 Spotlights to get to know a small handful of our student leaders!


Priddy Leader Alanna Jackson

Name: Alanna Jackson

Pronouns: She/they

Year: Senior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Major: Sociology; Minors: Statistics, Feminist & Gender Studies

Hometown: Pueblo, CO

How do you get involved at CC? Lots of fun ways! Parliamentarian-ing for student gov, journalist-ing for the Catalyst, competing for speech and debate, researching for the sociology dept, mentoring middle schoolers, interviewing for the Admission Office, taking arts n crafts classes, and more! :)

Fun Fact!: My older sister and I had pet crawfish when we were little, and we fed them frozen hot dogs <3

What are you most excited for for NSO?: Finally (hopefully, potentially) jetting off on adventures outside of CO Springs! And meeting the first years of course!

Any words of advice for incoming students?: Go to all the things even if you are uncertain about them! Great opportunities to learn about the school and make buddies for sure!


Priddy Leader John Le

Name: John Lê

Pronouns: he/him/his

Year: Junior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Majors: Physics & Math, Minor: German

Hometown: Garden Grove, California

How do you get involved at CC?: I am involved with Bridge Scholars, Mock Trial, QRC Tutoring, Senior Admissions Ambassador, and co-chair of Asian Student Union.

Fun Fact!: I have perfect pitch!

What are you most excited for during NSO?: I am most excited to meet the incoming class and help them grow throughout their first week and onward at CC. 

Any words of advice for incoming students?: My biggest advice is to take risks- because you'll never know what happens :)


Priddy Leader Charly Bruce

Name: Charly Bruce 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Year: Junior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Psychology Major

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

How do you get involved at CC?: I work with sports med, arts and crafts, and am a leader of the clay club!

Fun Fact!: I went to French school for 7 years!

What are you most excited for for NSO?: Getting to meet new students! I am so excited to help students get pumped for their upcoming years at CC!

Any words of advice for incoming students?: Believe in yourself - you got yourself into this school and are good enough to be here! 


 Priddy Leader Porter Barnes

Name: Porter Barnes

Pronouns: He/him

Year: Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor(s): Mathematics

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California

How do you get involved at CC?: Avid Intramural Athlete, Co-Chair of Math Club, and Ski Bus Regular

Fun Fact!: I have sailed across the Atlantic more than I have flown across it! I love the ocean!

What are you most excited for for NSO?: I am so excited to meet new people and make new friends! I can’t wait to experience in-person Priddy trips this year!

Any words of advice for incoming students?: Make the effort to include and “bring people in” at CC! It is so important that we are able to have a community of people who trust one another and can rely on each other.


Lucia Daranyi

Name: Lucia Daranyi

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Year: Junior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Major in Feminist and Gender Studies with a Minor in Environmental Studies 

Hometown: Peaks Island, Maine 

How do you get involved at CC?: Arts and Crafts, NSO, and Farming club!

Fun Fact!: From middle school onward I had to take a boat to get to school everyday!

What are you most excited for during NSO?: Meeting my priddy group! I can’t wait to make personal connections with all of my trippees!

Any words of advice for incoming students?: Take time for yourself! College is great and you will meet so many people but make sure that you are also taking time for yourself. 


 Noah Johnson

Name: Noah Johnson

Pronouns: he/him/his

Year: Senior

Major(s) and Minor(s): Molecular Biology Major, Chem Minor, Spanish Minor

Hometown: Castle Rock, CO

How do you get involved at CC?: I am the captain of the soccer team and I am the president of Morgan's Message, a club that focuses on student-athlete mental health and creates a safe environment to talk about our feelings and provide support to fellow students.

Fun Fact!: I have been to 30 punk rock concerts and play the guitar!

What are you most excited for during NSO?: Meeting all of my new soccer teammates and getting to do work for some awesome organizations!

Any words of advice for incoming students?: Trust yourself! You are smarter and more capable than you give yourself credit for! You made it into CC for a reason!


 Julia Watson

Name: Julia Watson 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Year: Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor(s): Double major in romance languages and international political economy (IPE) 

Hometown: Bend, OR

How do you get involved at CC?: I am the philanthropy chair of Kappa Alpha Theta (a sorority on campus) and a member of the Young Life student group on campus. I love to help out with community engagement and promoting various cultural events on campus! 

Fun Fact!: My hat collection rivals my ring collection!

What are you most excited for during NSO?: I am most excited to meet all the incoming first-years! I can't wait to hear what everyone was up to over the summer! :)

Any words of advice for incoming students?: It is easy to get caught up in the FOMO culture of CC. Try not to overcommit too quickly and make sure to get some sleep! 


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