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 role 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 received for the 2019 Quest season. For the Instructor Trainer and Logistics Coordinator position, click here​ to apply. 

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
2018 Quest Year​

Ava Goncalves
Class of 2020

Ava is a rising junior from Long Island, New York. She is majoring in Human Rights Studies, with a double minor in Legal Studies and Progressive American Social Movements. On campus, Ava is a member of the Outdoors Club and is the Assistant VP Philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega. This is Ava’s third year with the Quest program – first as a participant, then a leader, and now a trainer. “Quest is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Trinity. The people you meet and the bonds you make are incredible. I can’t imagine starting and ending my school year any other way.” ​


Brigitte Vossler
Class of 2020

Brigitte is a rising junior from Buffalo, New York. She studies Public Policy & Law and Anthropology. On campus, she is a member of the Ski Team and is involved with the Outdoors Club and the Brew Club. Brigitte has been involved with the Quest program since her first year as a participant and became a leader her sophomore year. "My experience at Trinity would not be the same without Quest. The friendships I've made, the roles I've taken and the goals I've accomplished both on and off the trail have shaped me to the person I am today. Quest will always have a special place in my heart."  

Emi​​ly Schroeder
Class of 2020

Emily is a rising junior majoring in Educational Studies and Neuroscience from Madison, Connecticut.  On campus, Emily helped found Trinity’s Women’s Golf Team and is a member of the Outdoors Club.  She participated in Quest as a first-year student and has continued with the program as a student leader. “I chose to participate in Quest because I wanted to meet students before the rush of orientation. Quest provided me with a support network of upper-class leaders and lasting friendships with first-years who shared an unforgettable experience with me.  Now I couldn’t imagine starting an academic year without Quest.”

 Joe Tansino
Class of 2020​

Joe is a rising junior from Melrose, MA. He studies biology and is the president of the Brew Club, secretary of the Outdoors Club, and co-president of the Catan Club. Joe was a Quest participant his first year and was able to be​come a leader in his 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 first-years. 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." ​


Class of 2019​

Tess is a rising senior from Wayland, MA studying Computer Science at Trinity. She participated in the Quest Program and she's been a part of the Logistics/ Climbing Specialist team since her first year and is this year's Logistics Coordinator. Apart from Quest, she's a captain of the Ski Team and continues sharing her love for climbing as a leader in the Outdoors Club. On campus, she works for Recreation and is a Teacher's Assistant for Computer Science. "I knew immediately after participating on Quest that it was a program I wanted to continue be a part of. I can't imagine my time at Trinity without the Quest program. All the amazing people I've met, new things I've learned, and experiences I've had with Quest will stay in my heart forever."

Will Tjeltveit
Class of 2020

Will is a sophomore from Allentown, PA studying history. Apart from being a Quest Leader, he is the President of the Outdoors Club, a campus tour guide, a member of Catan Club and the TREEhouse, and has been in a number of theater productions on campus. As a first-year student, Will participated in the 10-day Quest trip and has stuck with Quest ever since. “I can’t imagine not having done Quest. The people I’ve met and the friendships that I’ve made because of Quest have all been so amazing and the program has provided me with so many incredible connections and experiences. Being outside in the middle of nature is an unforgettable way to start a new school year and I can’t wait for this next August to do it again!”​

Zoe Jacobs
Class of 2020

Zoe is a rising junior and Public Policy & Law and English double major from Acton, Massachusetts. She has been a part of Quest since her first year as a participant. On campus, Zoe is a mentor for middle schoolers at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy through the JZ-AMP program, a captain of the Ski Team, the secretary of the Pre-Law Society, and a part of Trinity Outdoors Club. She has held internships in the Hartford area, has a few on-campus jobs, and is currently doing research in the English department. “Quest has been one of my favorite experiences at Trinity so far. As an incoming first-year, it was great to already be forming relationships and feeling like part of a community going into college. The friendships I made during my trip freshman year--with my leaders, with the members of my group, and with other freshman who I met when everyone joins together as a big group at the end of the trip-- are friendships that I still have. I don’t go a day without walking across campus and seeing at least a few friendly faces from the Quest community.”​