Ben Bishop, now an outdoor and action sports filmmaker and photographer whose work appears on ROXY, ESPN, and Red Bull Media House, reflected on how SNC prepared him to be successful in the professional world. He explained that the most valuable thing he learned at SNC was to engage and reach out for mentoring and advice to overcome obstacles. A veteran world traveler who frequently clocks six months straight of travel and work in places like China, Japan, Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Utah, he says,
“I don’t think I would be anywhere if it weren’t for SNC.”
Ben says SNC guided him to identify a path he is truly passionate about through the unique academic experience of tailoring a major to his specific skills and interests. “I had to bring all these skill sets together in a multidisciplinary way…and that is what my career is now.” It was valuable “being able at be at a small school that had the ability to adapt to my needs. I don’t think I could have gone to really any other college and say, I’m really interested in this outdoor realm, I’d like a degree in it, and have them formulate a program.”
Ben received SNC’s first degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and second in Interdisciplinary Studies.