Name: Emily Knuutinen
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Dream Job After College: Peace Corps. or other service program abroad before graduate school
Why did you join the guide program? I had a lot of fun at Pre-O and thought it would be a good way to get involved on campus
I am adventurous because…I love to try new things. I do not turn down an offer to try something often
Favorite trip/outdoor activity: Mudcaving
Favorite National Park: Yellowstone
Favorite outdoor location in San Diego: The Mountains
Favorite place to hang out on campus: SLP when dinners with friends can reach 2 hours. For solitude, IPJ is the place to go
Weirdest food you have created and/or ate: Smoked oysters at 6 am
Craziest trip experience: When my kayak paddle broke in half while trying to make it through the waves
Worst injury from an outdoor trip: Not much worse than wind burn!
If you could go one place in the world where would you go? Antarctica- because its obscure!
Funniest outdoor trip experience: Letting go of both ends of the throw rope
What is one thing people don’t know about you? I actually like Rebecca Black’s “It’s Friday”
What certifications and trainings do you have: Wilderness First Responder and Class B Driver
Favorite piece of outdoor gear: Dutch ovens= yummy food!
What are five things you wish you knew prior to starting college?
- Homework expectations may be lighter than high school, but you do earn your grade
- It wont necessarily is as great as everyone tells you it should be. It can be tough your first year
- What could get you an A in high school, will get you a B in college, in my experience
- Sitting in the front of class is a better decision. You can see and hear better, participate more easily, and therefore get better grades