English major Nicole Ross takes a break from studying at Prim Library at SNC Tahoe

Meet Our Humanities and Social Sciences Students

Jason Paladino, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism major, has picture taken outside

Jason Paladino

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2012

While still in grad school at the the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Jason Paladino began an in-depth investigation into safety issues on U.S. Navy aircraft which led to a prestigious Investigative Reporting Program fellowship, three NBC Nightly News broadcasts (Feb 3 2015, Oct 5 2015, and Oct 9 2015), and a piece on the IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Radio Podcast. . . . Read More

English major Terra Breeden practices yoga atop Machu Picchu

Terra Breeden

Major: English

Class of 2016

My journey to Sierra Nevada College began on a three-month trip to explore Indonesia's bleached islands, remote villages, and mystic jungles. By the end of the trip I was addicted to travel, and I needed an education to turn my love into a career. I thought I would teach English and got interested in journalism. Then I took Travel and Adventure Writing and my love for travel, photography, and writing - all the pieces of my life - fit together into my dream career. . . . Read More

Zachary Birdsell, Psychology major, enters the professional world prepared

Zachary Birdsell

Major: Psychology

Class of 2016

I have been working with clients who have mental disabilities since I graduated from SNC. As a case manager, my responsibilities range from one-on-one counseling with clients to supervising group homes. . . . Read More

English major Nicole Ross reads in Prim Library at SNC Tahoe

Nicole Ross

Major: English, Psychology, Teacher Education

Class of 2018

I loved reading with my mom when I was young, and even now that I'm older, I am just as excited to read and share stories. I decided to turn my passion for reading into a teaching career after my eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Wolff, inspired me. Now that I am at SNC, I have been able to volunteer and teach in classrooms all over Incline. I feel that my experiences here at SNC have allowed me to grow in nearly every aspect of my life. . . . Read More

Hayden Takahashi, English major, is content while visiting restaurant in Incline Village

Hayden Takahashi

Major: English

Class of 2018

I was drawn to SNC by the beauty of Tahoe, without knowing what I wanted out of college. I found my home in the English department. . . . Read More

Angel Gonzalez, Psychology major, smiling while at the beach

Angel Gonzalez

Major: Psychology

Class of 2017

My inspiration is always to inspire change, acceptance, and holistic thinking. I want to challenge people's perspectives and my own biases. . . . Read More

Caitlin Burrows, English major, sitting above Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

Caitlin Burrows

Major: English

Class of 2012

I think the most significant thing I've learned here at SNC is the importance of having a balanced education. One of my favorite classes at SNC was Senior Ethics with Professor Dan O'Bryan. I loved being able to debate and defend my moral code! It was one of the most interactive classes I’ve ever taken. . . . Read More

Bryce Bullins, who received his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing poses for a picture

Bryce Bullins

Major: English, Music

Class of 2014

My undergraduate professors drove me to be a better student and a better person, but they also gave me the space and the encouragement to find my own way. I gained confidence and validation as an artist and a critical thinker. When I decided to pursue poetry at a more serious level, the stellar faculty and low residency model of SNC's MFA in Creative Writing program made it an easy decision. . . . Read More

Teresa Rafello, Psychology major, plays around while waiting at the airport

Teresa Rafello

Major: Psychology

Class of 2016

I chose to major in Psychology because my personal experience got me interested in how we let ourselves think, why we accept difficult situations, and how we work toward viable solutions. I've been challenged on many levels in the program, and it's fine tuned my focus and determination to amazing levels. My senior research project has been the most strenuous journey of my academic career but it has paid off - all the students in my senior experimental design course have been accepted to present our research at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference in May! . . . Read More

Psychology major Troy Mott enjoys the snow around Lake Tahoe

Troy Mott

Major: English, Psychology

Class of 2012

After taking Psychology 101 in my first semester there was no going back, as I fell in love with the diversity of topics and the freethinking attitude that was promoted from day one. . . . Read More

Creative Writing major Luke Hupp smiles with Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevadas in the background

Luke Isaac Hupp

Major: Creative Writing

Class of 2017

I love literature and writing, and I have had a dream of teaching and writing for a long time. I have lived in Hawaii, Tennessee, and Oregon, which have such different cultures and environments it was challenging to adapt. I have heard many stories, and met some very interesting people, and had many different experiences. I want to reimagine these tales and people and places in a new world. . . . Read More

Anza Jarschke, New Genre, Psychology major gives two thumbs up

Anza Jarschke

Major: Fine Arts – New Genres, Psychology

Class of 2013

I began working working as a crisis mental health counselor immediately after graduation. Currently, I manage the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and will be starting an MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing in fall of 2017. Before SNC, I couldn’t comprehend how expansive my future could be. . . . Read More

English major Ryan Donoghue takes a hike during the fall around Lake Tahoe

Ryan Donoghue

Major: English

Class of 2016

During my time spend away from academia, I developed an insatiable appetite for literature and realized that our orientation to the world depends on the language we use to define it; studying literature fosters that growing and knowing. . . . Read More

Psychology major Kallie Day discusses her research at Association for Psychological Sciences

Kallie Day

Major: Psychology

Class of 2014

The first to attend college in her family, Kallie Day came to SNC intending to finish her degree as fast as possible but quickly became focused on the unique learning community on campus. “We talk about the one-on-one," she said, "but I think that unless you have been here, and you have soaked it in through all of these people that you are around, the idea doesn’t have much of an impact.” . . . Read More

Psychology major Maggie Burns sits by bridge in Tahoe National Forest

Maggie Burns

Major: Psychology

Class of 2014

One of my jobs as the Psychology Department intern at SNC was to help with student advising, which got me interested in college prep and planning for high school students. Now I'm getting my MA in Counseling with an emphasis in school counseling, and a PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) credential for counseling K - 12. . . . Read More

Evelina Rutdal, Psychology major, bundles up for a white winter in Tahoe

Evelina Rutdal

Major: Psychology

Class of 2013

The most influential class I've taken is the Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology class. This class has taught me to see other dimensions of consciousness and to realize how we are all connected. . . . Read More


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