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ianName: Ian Rodgers
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Golden, CO
Major: Biology

Dream job after college: Research in the forest somewhere studying behavioral biology of animals 

Why did you join the guide program: I joined the guide program because I went on pre-o as an incoming freshman and fell in love with the program and all of the awesome people in it. I came to school looking for ways to get outside and enjoy the world, and the guide program gave me that opportunity.

I am adventurous because….I love the outdoors and exploring everything around me. Coming from Colorado, we were always outside and that definitely made me adventurous.

Favorite trip/outdoor activity: Kayaking

Favorite National Park: Channel Islands

Favorite outdoor location in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs

Favorite place to hang out on campus: Aromas

Weirdest outdoor food you have created and/or ate: Tortilla with pepperoni, cheese, jelly, chocolate, and smoked oyster sauce.

Craziest trip experience: walking across Torrey Pine’s Beach in waist-deep tide

Worst injury from an outdoor trip: Haven’t had any major injuries from outdoor trips

If you could go one place in the world where would you go: Great Barrier Reef

Funniest outdoor trip experience: hiking to the top of Santa Cruz Island to see the sunrise

What is something no one else knows about you: not much, I’m a pretty open person

What certifications and trainings do you have: Wilderness First Responder, Class-B driver’s license (in progress), SCUBA

Favorite piece of outdoor gear: my tent

Five things you wish you knew prior to starting college:
Going into freshman year, everyone is in the same boat as you, there is no need to be nervous about making friends.

Get involved in as many things as possible.

If you’re doing what you love, you’re going to find friends who are interested in the same things as you are.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because that is how you learn and grow.

Make the most of your freshman year, you’ll only get to live it once.

"Hey guys! We're pretty awesome." - Ian

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Ian's Favorite Trips:

  • Channel Islands Guide Training