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 accepting applications for the open positions listed below
  1. Trainer & Logistics Coordinator
  2. Instructor & Climbing Specialist​ ​
Position Descriptions
To apply for a leadership position please send your application to the Quest Director:​.
  1. Instructor Trainer​
  2. Logistics (Climbing Specialist) Coordinator​​
  3. Instructor​​
  4. Logistics/Climbing Specialist
Instructor Trainers

Tate Given
Class of 2020
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.”​
Ava Goncalves
Class of 202​0
Ava is a rising Senior 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 VP Philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega. This is Ava’s fourth year with the Quest program – first as a participant, then a leader, and now a second year 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.” ​
Devin Lor​
Class of 2020
Devin is a rising Junior from Lowell, MA studying Physics and German. Aside from being a Quest leader, Devin is a barista at the Underground, a member of the Chemical Society, and in the Outdoors Club. This is Devin’s third year with the Quest program. “Quest is my favorite way to start and end each school year – the relationships we make on the trail are so valuable.”
student on the trail Emi​​ly Schroeder
Class of 2020
Emily is a rising Senior 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.”
Caroline Brink​
Class of 2020
Caroline is a rising Junior from Andover, MA studying English and Studio Arts. On campus, Caroline is the Barnyard design chair, a member of the TREEhouse, and works at the Writing Center. Next Fall, Caroline will be studying abroad at Oxford! “Quest is one of my favorite parts of Trinity. We all come from different areas of campus which makes us such a unique community.”
student leader
Will Tjeltveit
Class of 2020
Will is a rising Senior 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!”​
student Zoe Jacobs
Class of 2020
Zoe is a rising Senior 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, 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.”

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