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Traub’14, Bike Trek Featured

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wes Traub '14 was recently featured in the Finger Lakes Times for taking an approximately 80-mile bike trek around Seneca Lake prior to graduation.

"I've done a lot of rides around the area, and two days ago I biked around Seneca Lake," Traub said. "I biked in Minnesota where I grew up, but this area is incredible for biking."

The article also explains how the Minnesota native decided to attend college in Geneva, N.Y.

"Originally, I just wanted to get out of Minnesota, explore and stretch my wings," he said. "I was really drawn to Geneva and the strong athletic presence at Hobart and William Smith. I also loved the small class sizes. A lot of schools I looked at had those, but everyone at Hobart and William Smith seemed interested in some- thing outside the class- room that they were really passionate about."

"The things I'm involved in now I had no idea I would be involved in four years ago ... but I knew I could come here and be passionate about something."

Traub '14 majored in international relations and minored in economics and Spanish. He was active on campus as a Druid, a volunteer at the Community Lunch program, a runner on the Hobart cross country team, a member of the Orange Key Honors Society, a backpacking guide for the Pre-Orientation Adventure program and a member of several club sports on campus. He also served as an orientation coordinator in 2013.

The full article follows.

Finger Lakes Times
Hobart senior preps for graduation by biking around lake

Mike Hibbard • May 18, 2014

GENEVA - Some soon- to-be graduates of Hobart and William Smith Colleges probably spent the days before commencement relaxing, getting things together and saying goodbyes before they leave campus.

Wes Traub spent one of those days doing something that has been on his "area bucket list" for some time - biking around Seneca Lake.

"I've done a lot of rides around the area, and two days ago I biked around Seneca Lake," Traub said during an interview Thursday at Scandling Center. "I biked in Minnesota where I grew up, but this area is incredible for biking."

The roughly 80-mile trek around the lake typifies Traub's adventurous spirit.

While studying abroad in Spain, he took part in the famous Running of the Bulls and also ziplined in the Costa Rican rainforest while he spent two months there building houses for i-to-i, a volunteer travel company.

"Being a tourist, I wanted to run with the bulls," Traub remembered of his time in Spain. "It was terrifying but it was fun. "I like to do things that push my capabilities ... but I also want to take something away from every experience."

Traub came to Geneva four years ago from Lakeville, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He joined the cross country and ski teams, earning team MVP honors in cross country as a sophomore.

"Originally, I just wanted to get out of Minnesota, explore and stretch my wings," he remembered. "I was really drawn to Geneva and the strong athletic presence at Hobart and William Smith. I also loved the small class sizes. A lot of schools I looked at had those, but everyone at Hobart and William Smith seemed interested in some- thing outside the class- room that they were really passionate about.

"The things I'm involved in now I had no idea I would be involved in four years ago ... but I knew I could come here and be passionate about something."

Traub is especially proud that Hobart's ski team, which competes at the club level, won the regional championship during his junior season at the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association meet and placed third nationally in the giant slalom. Traub finished eighth overall individually.

"We are a club program, but we take it very seriously and have a good team here," he said.

Traub, an international relations major with minors in Spanish and economics, will start an internship in New York City next month with Markit Ltd., a global financial information and services company. He hopes the internship leads to a full-time job with the company, possibly in one of the firm's European offices or, perhaps, Colorado.

"I find finance interesting because it's a fast-paced world with a lot of curveballs," he said. "It kind of suits my work ethic."

Traub, though, has another adventure lined up before heading to the Big Apple - climbing the highest point in New York state, Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks, with his girlfriend Bree von Bradsky, a
William Smith College sophomore.

Traub, a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, said he will treasure his time at HWS.

"The first couple of years I worked my a-- off. I was in the library all the time. I treated it like a full-time job from day one," he said. "Now the rewards of that work is paying off. I've really enjoyed my time here and met some great people. This place encourages you to succeed."

HWS commencement is today
The 189th commencement for Hobart College and 103rd commencement for William Smith College will be held today on the quad. The procession starts at 10 a.m. The keynote address will be given by Brad Falchuk, a 1993 Hobart graduate and Emmy Award winner. He is the executive producer and writer for "Glee" and "American Horror Story," and the director of "Glee."

 

 

 


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