Student Ambassador Profile: Nathaniel Clement ’20

As a Student Ambassador, you are often the first White Mountain student that visitors meet. What do you enjoy about this important role?clementn

What I enjoy most about being a Student Ambassador is being able to meet prospective students that are interested in joining our community. I love learning what they are interested in, where they are from and getting the chance to be someone that they can reach out to if they have questions or want to talk more about anything.

What class are you really enjoying this year and what do you like about it?

I have many classes that I’m enjoying this year and among those classes is English. I have never really been a fan of English, but this year, Eliot has really inspired me. I have enjoyed reading short stories and being able to talk about what they mean and what each part of the story represents during meaningful discussions. I also enjoy keeping a journal where you can write about anything you want. It really is nice to be able to write down what I’m thinking or share a story with the class.

Congratulations on being selected as a proctor in Solar Dorm this year! What has that experience been like for you?

The experience is great. Being proctor in Solar Dorm is important because you are responsible for helping first-year students settle into the school community. We make sure new students have the support they need to be successful at White Mountain. I am a co-proctor with my roommate and best friend Gabriel. We enjoy hanging out with the fun group of students at Solar and are ready for a great year.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus has to be the dining hall. I love to eat and I love food. The dining hall serves great food that I enjoy. It is also a space that is used by students to host events like community dinners and social gatherings on the weekend. It’s also a great place to study and work. You can sit at one of the tables and do work and if you get hungry just grab some fruit or a drink.

What is your LASR project?

My LASR project is about terraforming Mars. For the project, I’m exploring the technology needed to inhabit Mars and what technological advancements are necessary to expedite the process. It is really interesting to me – because even though it seems like there is a lot that you have to do to make a planet habitable for humans, there isn’t. To inhabit a planet you need an atmosphere, water, a magnetic field, oxygen, and plants. The most challenging part is that it’s going to take a very long time. So far, this has been a really fun project and I’m enjoying the research process.

You recently participated in the Field Course Land Conservation and Recreation. How did your experiences throughout the week impact you?

I had a great experience on this Field Course. The main purpose was to learn about land conservation and how that conservation ties into recreational use such as mountain biking. Throughout the week, we went to different places to talk with people about how they conserve land and how recreational use benefits the long-term conservation of the land. We visited Kingdom Trails, Bethlehem Trails Association, and The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust. As a part of the course, we were able to Mountain Bike the areas we visited throughout the week. It was a lot of fun, especially the downhills! I definitely improved as a rider and now have a new and informed respect for the land around us.

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