Meet the Coordinators


AESOP is a student-led with support from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. We are free to explore new trip ideas and keep the program fresh and student-focused! We love our school and we love what we do: a wonderful combination that allows us to infuse our own joy about AESOP, Bates, Maine, and Lewiston into the beginning of your four years here.

We are dedicated to making this the best AESOP possible! We work steadily throughout the school year to prepare for the upcoming AESOP program and will work continuously throughout the summer in preparation for your arrival on campus in August. We look forward to meeting each of you and hope you are all excited about coming to Bates. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at aesop@bates.edu. We’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible, but bear in mind that there are many of you and only a few of us, so please be patient!


Sam Faasen ’23 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Dover, NH

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Franconia I

How’s it going Bobcats! First off, welcome to the Bobcat family! I am so excited to meet and get to know you all in the coming years, and be able to be a part of such a fundamental experience at Bates! AESOP is by far one of the best and most enjoyable experiences of your first year, and the rest of the coordinators and I are going to work hard to make it the best possible experience for each one of you! Again, congrats and welcome to Bates!

Not too far from Bates, I was born in Dover, New Hampshire, a town you’ll easily pass right on by if you drive up to Bates. Living so close means I’m pretty acclimated to the Maine weather, and I promise you it gets cold, and it gets cold quick. I absolutely love hiking in the outdoors, and know some pretty sweet spots around if you need suggestions. Other than that, you can find me on the water as a part of the Bates men’s rowing team, or spending my life at Bates in Pgill (Pettengill Hall) grinding on seemingly endless homework. Aside from that, you can find me scattered around our academic buildings, fulfilling my math and neuroscience majors. In the little free time I seem to have, you can find me
sprawled in my room watching something Star Wars related, or jamming to music.

I just want to close and say that college is a big step, and a big transition. What I hope, though, is
that AESOP can provide you with a great time and help smooth that transition, and, again, we (the Coords) are working hard to make it perfect. I hope you will love your AESOP as much as we all did. Have a great summer, and see you in the fall!!


Ayah Ghazi ’23 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Canton, MA

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Mahoosuc II

Hey Bobcats class of 26’ !! I cannot wait to meet you all. AESOP is one of the first experiences you will have on campus as a freshman, and it will consist of some of the most memorable moments you will have at Bates during your four years. We are so excited to put together a welcoming and inclusive pre-orientation program for y’all !

Let me tell y’all a little bit about myself! I am from Canton Massachusetts. I love spending time in the outdoors; some of my favorite outdoor activities are hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking- I also love going to the beach. I love challenging myself which is why I loved my AESOP trip where I was able to hike the most difficult mile of the Appalachian trail.

At Bates, you can either find me in the basement of Ladd library stressing over some foreign chemistry concept or in commons chatting it up with my friends and teammates (not so much now that we are in the midst of a pandemic). I am a Neuroscience major, on the pre-dental track; I also have a concentration in public health. I’m also on the Women’s rowing team. Enough about me though! I cannot for you all to experience AESOP and create your very own little AESOP fam!! Enjoy your spring and summer!


Khadeeja Qureshi ’23 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Mahoosuc II

Fellow bobcats! I hope y’all are STOKED to embark on your AESOP journey because I certainly am stoked to get you out there! It is so important to me that each and every one of you has a safe, inclusive, & momentous experience to kick off your four years at Bates. And as we set sail for adventure, let’s remember that we are living on stolen Wabanaki land.

I’m no native to Maine’s mountainous terrain and breathtaking scenery— I’m from the quiet town of Princeton, New Jersey where you might find me running through my neighborhood while jamming out to Kano, biking downtown to redeem açaí bowls and smoothies, or reading articles behind the FitzRandolph Gate on the Princeton University lawn. At Bates, I fostered a new love for layering up in turtlenecks, exploring parks & trails, eating lobster, and learning from the truly resilient residents of Lewiston that continue to make history. Navigating a new environment can be scary but our goal is to open you up to a whole world of different opportunities that range from culturally rich to physically intense experiences.

As a Politics and English major, I am super passionate about community organizing and social work! One way I bring ~power to the people~ is through slam poetry which has served as the perfect outlet for me to exchange stories with others and break barriers. In the future, I hope to pursue international human rights law to tackle the colonial legacies within the global world.

But for now, I’m here to help you tackle the outdoors, so let’s get cracking!