Student Leadership

​​Since starting at Trinity College in 2004, Quest has trained over 100 student leaders to lead the pre-orientation program for up to 120 first-years during our August programs. Student Leaders will learn transferable leadership skills that will be developed over time including: decision making skills, risk assessment, facilitation skills, and how to effectively work in co-pairing all while welcoming our current incoming class. The student leadership team plays a critical roles in the program's delivery and success. 

Quest leadership positions ​ are open for all current students. Quest Leader and Logistics/Climbing Specialist Applications are currently being accepted! Check out the application here. Instructor and Climbing Specialist applications will be looked at as they are recieved for the 2018 Quest season. 

All leaders and logistics specialists accepted to the Quest program participate in the following training and leadership experiences:

  1. Wilderness First Aid Training (WFA)
  2. May - New Instructor Training held during Senior week
  3. August Leadership development training- held a week prior to Quest programs
  4. Co-facilitate two Quest programs in August 
  5. Quest program debrief - held the day after all Quest programs return to campus
Within the Leadership Structure there are four different positions which students can apply. Click on the position below for a position description. To apply for a leadership position please send your application to the Quest, Program Director:

​​ ​Instructor Trainers
2017 Quest Year​

Doris (Yunzhuo) Zhang​

Class of 2019

Doris is from Shanghai, China, and studies environmental science, visual arts and education at Trinity. She sings with Dischords A Capella group and teaches kids art at a Trinity magnet school. From a Quest participant to a Quest leader, Doris is now involved with Outdoor Education as a coordinator and plans for outdoor trips during school breaks. “The great memories and tight bonding that were made during Quest inspire and strengthen me everyday in school. It is interesting to think how you could barely carry a 20lbs weight on your back the first day of college and what you can do now. Trinity wouldn’t be the same without Quest and this lovely community.”


Class of 2019

Joseph is a rising junior from Pomona, California. He is majoring in both Urban Studies and Mechanical Engineering. On campus he trains in both Ju Jitsu and Boxing, where he also competes throughout the states in college competitions. In addition to working at the Austin Arts Center as a stage technician, he is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and Intervarsity. Coming a long way from home he was very nervous about going to college but Quest helped break the ice for him to getting well acquainted. He loved it so much he became a leader to help lead the pre-orientation trips with Quest last year, and is excited to continue to be part of the Quest community this summer. "Quest was my first introduction into College and it helped me make so many friends in a world that was new to me. The connections and experiences I drew from Quest helped me excel and get a great start on my college career!" 

Class of 2018

Lily is a Neuroscience and Psychology double major. She is a rising senior from Montpelier, VT who has been involved with Quest since her freshman trip as a participant in the program. In addition to her involvement with Quest, she is also the tech coordinator at the mill, a president of the outdoors club, and an avid rock climber. Lily is excited to be returning to Quest this year as the logistics coordinator and can’t wait to get back out on the trail with a great new group of people.​​


Luisa Lestz

Class of 2019

Luisa is a rising junior from Hartford, CT. She studies biology and Hispanic studies. On campus, Luisa is a member of the Outdoors Club, treasurer of the TREEhouse social space, and a part of Challah for Hunger. She also does research on campus, studying developmental patterns of reptiles. Luisa was a Quest participant her freshman year and was able to become a leader in her sophomore year. "I've always loved being outside and finding my way through trails. I feel so lucky to be able to share this wonderful experience with incoming freshmen. Choosing to be a part of Quest has been one of the best decisions of my college career. The friendships I've made while hiking the Appalachian Trail are dear to my heart." ​


​Stew Williams
Class of 2018

Stew is a rising senior from Fairfield, Connecticut that is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Formal Organizations. He has been part of the Quest program since participating prior to his freshman year. Stew is a member of St. Anthony Hall, involved with the Trinity Tripod (the college newspaper), and will be taking classes at Trinity’s Rome Campus in the Spring of 2017. “I first heard about Quest through my sister, a 2013 graduate, who told me it was an experience I could not miss. Now entering my senior year I can’t thank her enough for giving me that advice. The program not only made the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible but also made me part of one of the strongest communities on campus. The experiences I’ve had on Quest as both a participant and a leader are some of my most cherished memories at Trinity.”

Chloe White
Class of 2018

Chloe is from St. Paul, Minnesota and a Neuroscience major. On campus she’s part of the Neuroscience Club, a member of the American Medical Student Association, and works as a barista at Peter B’s (the on-campus coffee shop) in her spare time. A rising junior, Chloe has been involved with Quest since her first year as a participant. “I always struggle to figure out what my favorite part of Quest is: the connections made between all of the members of the program, the substantial personal growth it creates, or the experiences you have on trail that you can only find in the wilderness. Everyday as I walk across campus and see other students from Quest, I’m grateful that I decided to start my college experience with the program.” 

Sean Coughlan
Class of 2018

Sean is a rising junior from Kennebunk, Maine. He is majoring in biomedical engineering and is president of Trinity's outdoor club. This is Sean's third year leading in the Quest program, after participating prior to his freshman year. "Being a participant on Quest, then continuing on to become a leader, was the best decision I made coming into Trinity. As a freshman, who knew no one  and was very concerned with meeting people and making friends, Quest gave me an easy pathway to  do so and supportive community as I entered the new environment of Trinity College."

Winston Brewer
Class of 2018

Born in Dallas, Texas, with five siblings and divorced parents. He went to St. Marks School of Texas, where he competed in rowing and wrestling. Now, a junior at Trinity college, Winston studies Classics and History. Additionally, ​Winston competes on the Men's rowing team and is apart of several student run programs. ​

Nia Vogel

Class of 2018
ia is a Public Policy and Law major and a Chinese Language minor.  She is a member of Trinity Women's Swimming and Diving Team, is an Admissions Tour Guide, and is a sister at Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Nia participated in the Quest Program as a first-year and has been involved ever since.  "Before Quest, I had never gone camping.  Now, I cannot imagine starting or ending the year without Quest.  The friendships and experiences I've gained as a member of this program will always be so special to me."