I Was Found at SNC

Entrepreneurship student Melissa Watts loves the Tahoe beaches

Melissa Watts

Major: Entrepreneurship

Class of 2018

I love learning about history and teaching history to others. I work with a non-profit that restores military vehicles in order to take them to events to teach history. I want to learn how to drive a tank. Another thing I love to do is dress up in my ball gown and be a part of living history at The Great Dicken's Christmas Fair. . . . Read More

Digital Arts and Outdoor Adventure Leadership major Garrett Ramos skydiving

Garrett Ramos

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Digital Arts

Class of 2018

I have my sights on a powered paramotor (powered paragliding) expedition to Iceland, exploring and shooting the country from the air. As a skydiver with a fiery passion for flight, aerial photography is a visual niche that I am ecstatic about. . . . Read More

Miranda McFarland

Major: Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Arts

Class of 2017

Why do we need art? For me this will always be the mystery I crave to understand.
Recently my art has been focusing on my body's relationship to my environment. I came up with the idea to dive into the lake, hold my breath, and scratch circular gestures into a copper plate that I take to the studio and make prints. It is these mark makings that become artifacts of my body. I love being an artist. . . . Read More

SNC Natural Resource Management major Mihaela Kosi skiing above Lake Tahoe

Mihaela Kosi

Major: Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management

Class of 2018

After exploring some lab science, it became clear to me that I want to explore biological science in the field! My most influential experiences at SNC have all been in the wild, those moments where you look around and realize "there's no where I would rather be than here." . . . Read More

Marissa Hushaw

Major: Global Business Management, Ski Business and Resort Management

Class of 2018

I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California thinking of myself as a "snowflake in the sand". When I started snowboard competition at 10, I competed against boys because there weren't enough girls. I love snowboarding and people, so I could not have picked a better school than SNC. . . . Read More

SNC psychology student Ryan Knuppenburg at Lake Tahoe

Ryan Knuppenburg

Major: Psychology

Class of 2018

Getting involved in a relationship that was extremely dysfunctional after high school really got me interested in the topics of mental health and well-being. Educating myself was the only way for me to heal after that terrible experience. My classes at SNC have transformed my way of thinking, especially my psychology classes. . . . Read More

SNC biology major Deidre Wolff kayaking tropical waters

Deidre Wolff

Major: Biology

Class of 2018

I've always liked science and I want to become a pharmacist, and so I thought biology was a good major. I love learning something new, and my professors at SNC have really shown me how to become a better student. Everyone is so willing to help you! . . . 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

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

Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Psychology major Sydney Pinkerton enjoys spending time with her horse

Sydney Pinkerton

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Art, Psychology

Class of 2016

I’ve always felt a need to encourage individual empowerment and teach people self-love, and the path I am on now is taking me closer to making that passion a career. I hope to work in established adventure and art therapy programs on the way to starting my own! . . . Read More

Isaac Laredo

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science

Class of 2018

On my first rock climbing trip, the height and my own inexperience made me very nervous - but the same gut feeling that comes from being out of your comfort zone represents growth! . . . 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

headshot of journalism and digital arts student Kyly Clark

Kyly Clark

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Digital Arts and Journalism

Class of 2018

Journalism is such a diverse discipline, I had the freedom to explore all kinds of issues and ideas. My experience has made me more passionate about both truth and advocacy. There are times and places for both, and I try to understand the line between them. . . . Read More

Entrepreneurship student Joseph Schembri cooks with his best friend, his dog

Joseph Schembri

Major: Entrepreneurship

Class of 2018

One of the biggest projects I am working on is myself. I take a lot of time to analyze my attitude and figure out the gaps between where I am vs. where I want to be. Personal development is a major challenge. Talking with my professors about their success stories paves the way for me to get there myself. . . . Read More

Gus Tjenagel, Science major, holding tank with non-native fish to put in Truckee River

Gus Tjernagel

Major: Environmental Science, Ecology

Class of 2017

My passion for the environment sparked my interest in conservation and ecology. My favorite experiences here at SNC have been field classes that involve camping out for days in the wilderness with like-minded people. . . . Read More

Sustainability and Ski Business Resort Management alumna Marina McCoy enjoys a sunset

Marina McCoy

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability, Ski Business and Resort Management

Class of 2016

"Waste Free Earth isn’t just about music festivals. It’s about using music festivals as a platform to inspire environmental sustainability in our everyday lives and in our communities. Imagine the kind of impact that would have.” . . . Read More

Interdisciplinary Arts student Rhett Gauss makes art with his camera

Rhett Gause

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Digital Arts and Marketing

Class of 2019

Being outside is where I draw all of my emotions and experiences that go into my work. I'm super passionate about creating stories because I can share those experiences and inspire others to get outside. I use photography, writing, music, video, painting. Each of these mediums has a different approach to saying what is important. . . . Read More

Ski Business & Resort Management student Connor Clayton relaxes lake side

Connor Clayton

Major: Marketing, Ski Business and Resort Management

Class of 2018

I chose to major in Ski Business and Resort Management because how could someone who lives and breathes skiing not be interested in a career in the ski industry? I chose a second major in marketing because I love analytics and being able to track and see what drives a customer. I've already started my business career, as the Tour Manager for the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP). . . . Read More

Weston Park, Sustainability major, thinks green and wears it too

Weston Park

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability

Class of 2017

My motivation is to help others, work hard, and have fun playing in the great outdoors. In Sustainability we study the economy, society, and environment to improve the quality of life now, and for future generations. That's the field for me. . . . Read More

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

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

Collyn Aubrey, Bachelor of Fine Arts, stands within piece at exhibition titled In the Waiting Line

Collyn Aubrey

Major: Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Arts

Class of 2017

At SNC I found a true community of students and teachers, who pushed me to explore beyond traditional boundaries and believe in myself as an interdisciplinary artist. I would never want to experience undergraduate education any other way. . . . Read More

Giulianna Crivello, Entrepreneurship major, holding check she won at the Business Plan Competition

Giulianna Crivello

Major: Entrepreneurship, Finance and Economics

Class of 2018

I've always entertained the idea of owning my own business, but I also have a lifelong love of math. The appeal of math is its relevancy and consistency. Numbers do not lie and take the emotion out of making decisions. . . . Read More

Estefania Gonzalez, Finance and Economics and International Studies major, happy to stay in Incline Village

Estefania Rivera Gonzalez

Major: Finance and Economics, International Studies

Class of 2017

As long as I can remember, I've liked learning about different countries, languages, religions, and cultures. So when it came time to chose a major, I knew that International Studies was right for me. My dream is to go to India, the Caribbean, South East Asia, and Europe to immerse myself in their rich cultures. Eventually I want to just pick a point on the map and travel there the next day! . . . 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

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