Name: Amanda Ritter
Hometown: Jericho, NY
Majors: Radio/TV/Film & Political Science
Age: 21, Senior
Describe yourself in three words: Spunky, energetic, passionate
What is your role for NU Ski Trip?
I am one of the co-presidents of NU Ski Trip this year, so I oversee all of our operations. My primary responsibilities include communication between the university and the Mountain, marketing & publicity, risk management and the Freshmen Rep program. Other domains I help oversee are for logistics, app development (we have a great app coming out to help with better communication for our participants), finance & scholarships, and website maintenance. It’s a huge operation that takes us months to plan, but it is by far the most rewarding project to see through.
How did you get involved?
I, myself, was a Freshmen Rep in 2013, which is how I got involved. Even though I didn’t know how to ski, I could tell that the board and the trip were special and I knew I wanted to have a hand in planning and recruiting friends to attend. It was one of my most memorable experiences of freshmen year, which is why I was passionate to continue on and was lucky to get a spot on the nine-person board in Winter Quarter freshmen year.
How would you describe ski trip to someone who has never been before?
NU Ski Trip is the best week of the year, hands down! We take 800-1,000 students out west to Colorado the week after Fall Quarter finals. This year we’re going to Steamboat! Our mission is to create an affordable trip for all students and build community. This trip allows you to make new friends and enjoy awesome experiences with hundreds of your peers. Even if you don’t ski, there’s always a ton to do at the mountain and you can even take private lessons. I learned how to ski on ski trip for the first time my freshman year and now I can ski the black diamonds!
What is your ideal winter break vacation?
Obviously Ski Trip first, but then I generally go home to New York to spend the holidays with my family. New York is the best place to be during Winter Break. I love the lights in the city and all the holiday spirit.
What other organizations are you involved in on campus?
I was the co-chair for CATalyst, a pre-orientation program that takes 90 incoming freshmen and 14 counselors to a campsite in Michigan for team-building activities before Wildcat Welcome Week. I am the Vice President Organization for my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma and I am on Hillel’s Development Committee. Lastly, I am the new LinkedIn Inbassador on campus, seeing as I will be returning to LinkedIn for a full-time position next year.
Anything else you would like to share with the HerCampus community?
I just started Game of Thrones and I’m hooked. So late to the party though, I know.