Erik PetersonErik Peterson

2014 Summit Coordinator




Economics & German


Bear, DE



UD Involvement:

President of the Outing Club, Summit Coordinator with the Summit Program, employee at the UD Rock Wall and the Bob Carpenter Center

Most exciting UD memory:

Returning from my study abroad last spring semester. I was concerned about coming back to the University, knowing that it had continued without skipping a beat in my absence. On my first trip back on campus, I ran into so many of my old friends, former Summit students, and previous classmates who all wanted to stop and talk about our last semesters. It was a wonderful feeling to realize how much of a community the University offered for me, and I do truly feel proud to be a part of it.

Advice for a new student:

Don't be afraid to try new things! There are unlimited possibilities and opportunities at UD, and everyone should try to take advantage of them while they have the chance. That doesn't mean you have to fall in love with every activity you try, but give it an honest chance. I used to be horribly afraid of heights and then I found out about rock climbing. Now I work at two different rock gyms, and I spend my free time rock climbing. You'll often be surprised what you fall in love with.

Advice for their parents:

Give your kids space to grow. College is where many people discover who they are and who they want to become. I certainly have changed a lot since my freshman year, and it is only through my parents' support and understanding that this was possible.

Why I chose Delaware:

I was hesitant in coming to Delaware only because of how close I live to campus. I did not want the same experience in college that I did in high school. Fortunately, UD is large and diverse enough that I was able to make new groups of friends and create fantastic memories beyond my connections to high school.

Favorite TV show:

Breaking Bad. I don't care if the series has ended. It was the best television show that I have ever seen and I don't expect anything to top it in the near future.

Plans after college:

I hope to pursue a career in outdoor education. Ever since I was little, I have always been pasionate about the outdoors and the activities that belong there. I joined the Cub Scouts in first grade and continued until I achieved my Eagle Scout Award and aged out at 18. I truly love being able to share my love and experience in the Great Outdoors, and hope to make a living out of it.

Favorite spot on Main Street:

Wings to Go. I can't bring myself to stay away on wings-night. It has become a ritual amongst my friends to celebrate every Wednesday with large portions of wings.