Marissa Hushaw

Major: Global Business Management , Ski Business and Resort Management

Class of: 2018

I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, always thinking of myself as a “snowflake in the sand”.

Marissa Hushaw, Ski Business Resort Management major, plays with her snowboard at the beachAfter I learned to snowboard at China Peak when I was six, I spent a majority of my free time in the mountains enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. When I started competing at 10 I competed against boys because there weren’t enough girls. At SNC I’m on the Eagles snowboarding team, riding with awesome people and learning new tricks. It’s the the most rewarding feeling when you learn something new! At the 2016 USCSA Nationals, I brought home 8th place overall for Women’s Snowboarding.

Thanks to my personal sponsors, friends, and family, I have also been able to make snowboarding my platform for charity.

“I’ve put on the rail jam “Jib Jam for Hunger” at China Peak Mountain Resort every year since 2011. All proceeds are donated to a community food bank, and the jam has raised over $20,000 so far.”

I chose my majors here – Ski Business and Resort Management and Global Business Management – based on what I love: snowboarding and people. I joined the Student Government Association, and work for the Business Department. As a sophomore I was a member of the “Chaperone by TEKTOR” business plan competition team, with CEO/Founder Megan McClintock and Lena Stroeker. Chaperone by TEKTOR, an electronic first-responder notification system for injured horseback riders, made it all the way to the Tri-State Competition, which is the final round.

I was introduced to SNC at a Snowbomb Convention when I was 12, and was set on attending ever since. I could not have picked a better school for my ambitions and passions.

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