Liz Rasmussen ’21 becomes an assistant kayaking guide

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Thanks to summer funding, Liz Rasmussen ’21 was able to accept a position as an intern/assistant guide for Sunny Cove Kayaking in Seward, Alaska. As the company’s intern/assistant guide, she earned professional certifications in wilderness medicine and kayaking. She learned from professional guides and gained first-hand experience on what a career in the outdoor industry might look like — all while developing a background and network in the field.

Ultimately, receiving summer funding allowed Liz to accept a position that she would not have been able to consider otherwise. Not only did this result in an unforgettable summer experience, but she now has a foundation in guiding which can expand into a career in outdoor education after graduation. 

Colgate and its generous alumni and parent donors offer grants to support students' living costs and supplemental expenses to pursue unpaid and underpaid summer experiences. Learn more about Colgate summer funding.