Since starting at Trinity College in 2004, Quest has trained over 140 student leaders to lead the pre-orientation program for up to 160 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 to all current students.

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



Quest Leadership is currently accepting applications for all leadership positions, including Instructor Trainer, Logistic Coordinator, Instructor, and Logistics positions. Applications for these positions are on a rolling basis from October 16th-December 4th, 2020 for Trainer and Logistics Coordinator applications and November 15th – January 22nd, 2021 for all other leader positions.

To apply for a leadership position please send your application to the Quest Director:​.
Position Descriptions
Below are the descriptions for the leadership positions.
Instructor Trainers

Tate Given
Class of 2021
Tate is a rising junior from Colorado majoring in Economics. On campus Tate is a member of the Outdoors Club. After participating in Quest as a first-year, she was a logistics/climbing specialist last summer. This year she is excited to be the Logistics Coordinator! “I can’t imagine my life at Trinity without Quest. Being outdoors has always been a big part of my life, and I love sharing that experience with others whether it’s their first time backpacking or their fourth year with Quest. I love that I get to meet so many new students every August as a member of the Logistics team. This has been an incredible opportunity for me to be part of a community of diverse students at Trinity who are all united by their love of the outdoors.”​
Alex Sowinski
Class of 202​2
Alex is a sophomore from Farmington, Connecticut and is double majoring in Biology and Classics. On campus Alex is a rower for the Trinity College Men’s Crew team and is involved in the Tri – Beta Biological honor society.  This year Alex is very excited to be a Quest Trainer and have a more active role in the Quest Leadership Program.  “Quest has had the biggest impact on me out of any Trinity program.  Such strong connections are formed and amazing memories are made. It is the best possible bookend to a year at Trinity!”
Aurelia Umholtz
Class of 2022
Aurelia is a rising junior from Flagstaff, Arizona. She is an environmental science and anthropology double major. On campus, Aurelia is on the Swimming and Diving team, and works as both a  lifeguard and a tour guide. This fall, Aurelia will be studying abroad in New Zealand! “The Quest community is my favorite group of people at Trinity. I can’t imagine my college experience without Quest!”
Aria Mildon
Class of 2021
Aria is a rising senior from Vashon Island, Washington. She is studying environmental science and biology. Along with her role as a Quest trainer, she also works on campus as a barista at Peter B’s, as a stage technician at Austin Arts Center, and is on the women’s rowing team. She did Quest as an incoming first year and has been involved on the leadership team ever since. “I wanted to be part of the Quest community because I understand how important it is to have a system of support when transitioning into college. From my experience as a Quest participant, I knew the Quest program can provide that support in a unique and exciting setting.”
Alexander Mosenthal
Class of 2022
Alex is a rising junior from Norwich, Vermont, majoring in math and physics. On campus Alex is a Catalyst mentor and a Physics TA. This is Alex’s third year with the Quest program – first as a participant, then a leader, and now a first year trainer. “I love starting every year off with Quest. The community is incredibly tight-knit and there’s nothing better than introducing first-years to the community and providing them with a strong support group for their transition.”
Sophia Lopez
Class of 2022
Sophia is a rising Junior from Los Angeles, California. She is studying economics and engineering sciences. On campus, Sophia is VP Finance of Alpha Chi Omega and is a member of the Trinity College Venture Capital Club. Some of her favorite activities to do on campus include reading in Peter B’s, and going for walks on campus in the fall. This is Sophia’s third year with the Quest Program. ”
Lia Urban Spillane
Class of 2021
Lia is a rising senior from Rochester New York. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic studies on a pre-med track. On campus, she is a diver on the swimming and diving team, a campus tour guide, and part of the Trinity outdoor program. This is Lia’s fourth year with the quest program. “Quest is my favorite part of Trinity, and I wouldn’t want to start each school year any other way. The Quest community has some of the most genuine and kind-hearted students at Trinity and being able to be a mentor and friend to first year students makes the experience even better.”

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