Student Instructor Trainers
2015 Quest Year

Alexander Coggin
Class of 2016

Alex is a rising senior studying economics. He participated in Quest as a first year and has been involved with the program since. A humble Eagle Scout, Alex provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the trainer team. "Quest is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and ease the transition into college. I have met many new people through the Quest Program that I might not have otherwise. Many of my fellow Quest leaders have become my close friends and mentors who have supported me during my time at Trinity. The experiences I have had on Quest have been some of my fondest memories of Trinity College."​

Tessa Bloomquist
Class of 2016

Tess is a rising senior at Trinity where she studies neuroscience and biology. Tess just returned from spending the fall in Copenhagen and is excited to get back into the swing of things on campus and with Quest. Tess sings in the Trinity Pipes, conducts research on prospective memory, works at the writing center, registrar’s office, and the Institute of living, and is thrilled to be returning as a Quest instructor this year. She would love to eventually continue her education at graduate or medical school, though until she decides exactly what she wants, she is excited to see where life takes her.​

Lauren Tierney
Class of 2016
Lauren grew up in Carlisle, MA.  She is a rising senior majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Models and Data.  Lauren is a member of the Track and Field team at Trinity and is a first year mentor for the seminar: The Big One! - How major geologic events shape Earth’s history as well as a research assistant studying soil nutrients.  She has been involved with Quest since her first year as a participant.  “Quest helped me transition from high school to college by introducing me to a community of friendly and diverse people.  I met several of my best friends on the trail before school had even started.  Quest was also my first exposure to backpacking and camping, an experience that has influenced me to pursue environmental science and future outdoor activities.”
Shannon Farrell

Class of 2016

Shannon is an International Studies and Italian major. This is her third year instructing wilderness programs with Quest.  Shannon is a scholar athlete playing on the Women's Varsity Ice Hockey team here at Trinity. “Quest has taught me many things about myself as a leader, and a person. I have learned that I am capable of change even if it doesn't always come easy. I have made life-long friends through Quest and cannot imagine a Trinity Experience without it”. 

Caroline Feeney

Class of 2017

Caroline is a Political Science and Urban Studies major with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Caroline is from La Jolla, California and is a rising Junior who has been involved with Quest since her Freshman year. Caroline is on the Trinity Women's Rowing team, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and is involved with the Trinity Tripod. "Participating and becoming involved with Quest is on of the best decisions that I have made at Trinity. I can speak for myself, and for the whole Quest community in saying that we love what we do and are excited to share it with everyone."

Nick Recka

Class of 2017

 Nick is from Bethesda, Maryland and is a double major in Psychology and Spanish. He is a board member on the Health Education Programming Board, a team captain involved in Relay for Life, and is working to bring TED Talks to Trinity in order to make TEDxTrinityCollege. He also co-hosts a radio show for the school’s radio station, WRTC. “When I read about the Quest program, I knew I had to sign up, and I’m so glad I did. I can’t imagine my college experience without the Quest program, and I have made some of my best friends here.”​

Ryan Miller
Class of 2017

Ryan is an Economics major with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. He is a member of Trinity’s Student Government Association, an Admissions Tour Guide, and plays on the Rugby team. Ryan participated in Quest as a first year and has been involved in the program since. “I can’t think of a better way to start off your time at Trinity than with the Quest program. The friendships and experiences from the trail open up a great network of students from all aspects of the school commun​ity. There’s nothing better than running into another Quest participant on campus; the stories to be exchanged are endless.”

Jami Cogswell

Class of 2016

Jami is a Mathematics major with a minor in Latin.  This is her second year on the Quest Logistics and Climbing Specialist team and will be in charge of this small team oufitting Quest participants and ensuring the success of all rock climbing programs run through Quest.  She is the president of the Rock Climbing Club and of the Cardinal Newman Society on campus. “Through my participation in Quest, I have met and established friendships with so many amazing people, and I have experienced significant personal growth as a result of the challenges and opportunities provided by the program.”