My name is Jonathan O’Neill, and I graduated from GMC in 2012. I offered to volunteer as an alumni ambassador because I wanted to reach out to prospective and accepted students. I do this to share my excitement with you and offer my support and insight to help you make this important decision. I know this can be an overwhelming yet exciting time to be thinking about college.
I can tell you a little about my experience at GMC. I graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in adventure education and anthropology. I had an amazing four years in this beautiful Vermont town. GMC empowered me to be my best self. I found I was trying new things like milking cows before class and swimming in the Poultney river on a daily basis. My first semester I jumped right in and joined the community fire department, I surprised myself and joined the cross country team and eventually became captain. I was involved in many clubs and activities such as student mentor, club activism, student government, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant of the course outdoor living skills.
My point is that I kept busy and grew to become a well-rounded person. That is what this environmental liberal arts education offers. I’m proud to share with people what I accomplished during my undergraduate years. I quite literally made some of my best friendships during my time there. I’ve already been to three GMC weddings (two of them were both GMC alumni).
After GMC, my first job was as a wilderness therapy guide in Northern Vermont. This led me to working with at-risk youth and eventually to mental health field. In a long-winded way, I’m now a Registered Nurse in an Intensive Care Unit on my way to Nurse Practitioner.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out by e-mail or set up a time to chat. You can reach me through firstname.lastname@example.org. I live in Southern New Hampshire now so if you’re close by I’d be more than happy to meet and answer any questions in person. I wish you all the best in your search and I hope you make your way to GMC.
My name is Sarah Scala, and I live in Boston, MA USA. I graduated from GMC in 2002, and studied Business Management and Adventure Recreation. I am the owner and Principle Consultant of my own consulting firm focused on positive change management, world class executive coaching, and leadership development that helps organizations thrive. You can read more about my GMC story at https://www.greenmtn.edu/stories/sarah-scala/.
When I searched for colleges, Green Mountain was one of the only schools in the US that had an accredited program in Adventure Recreation. This was an important factor for me and my family, who wanted to ensure I would get the best possible education. Many students (and parents) often wonder what careers are available for someone studying adventure and business. My work has focused on corporate Leadership Development and Organizational Change for almost 20 years, and the classes at Green Mountain College set me up for success! The experiential education approach at GMC has a lot of transferability to the business world, where companies are trying to build creative, productive teams and organizations.
Green Mountain College helped me to pursue my professional interests by requiring internships and practicums that allowed me to apply and get feedback on my learning, focused on the corporate community. I was also the President of the Recreation Majors’ Club at the College, which allowed me to have a leadership role focused on continued development of our skills in this industry and our community. GMC provided many opportunities to practice, which made me a stronger employee after I graduated! Green Mountain College is a place where I also developed close relationships with my instructors; some I am still in touch with today. In addition, the community provides many opportunities for outdoor adventures, leading events, playing or singing music, connecting, giving back, and so much more!
I would love to have a conversation with you to answer any questions you or your family has. I am accessible via phone, Skype, or Google Hangout. You can contact me through email@example.com.
My name is Casey McGill. In the spring of 2009, I had a major decision to make: the bigger more well-known university in Connecticut, or the small, private, liberal arts college in Vermont that almost nobody home in Pennsylvania had ever heard of…? While outwardly I may have appeared conflicted, I knew internally that Green Mountain College was the place that would suit me best…and it all started with a postcard presenting a young man walking down the sidewalk on campus, barefooted and happy as could be, a stack of books lying next to a well-worn pair of hiking boots atop the perfectly green grass in a quaint small town of Vermont. While I wasn’t sure that specifically the barefoot lifestyle was necessarily one that I would fit into, I simply knew that this place would be one that accepts all types and caters to the needs of its students as individuals rather than as a mere student ID number.
My initial thoughts regarding this highly-rated environmental liberal arts school was one that my actual experience managed to far exceed. Upon the spring of 2013, after four years of incredible learning experiences, unique social opportunities, and athletic endeavors, I sat on the varsity soccer field reminiscing on the Green Mountain College journey that seemed to be so abruptly coming to a close. What I didn’t realize at the time, though, was that it wasn’t an end, but rather a gateway to the rest of my life. My four years at Green Mountain College have opened up remarkable opportunities for me as a professional in my field, and the networking and character building that took place while at GMC have paved the way for my success as an educator and coach. The teammates, classmates, mentors, and professors whom I worked with so closely at GMC have remained keystone figures in my life ever since that bittersweet day in May of 2013 when I walked away from Poultney a positively-changed and stronger person.
While retrospectively the journey to college and the four years spent there seem overwhelmingly perfect, there were obviously obstacles and hurdles along the way. First off, I moved three hundred and fifteen miles north of my home just eighteen miles outside of Philadelphia, to a town that was probably three-fourths the size of the one in which I grew up. I left the suburban and urban soccer fields to spend four seasons on a practice field that doubled as a grazing ground for the college farm animals. I left a high school with nearly 1200 students, to complete my freshman field study course as part of the education program, in a high school of maybe 150 students. Despite the evident differences in my new home in Vermont, the experience allowed me to learn a new way of life and expose myself to a different culture and climate. Ultimately, my decision to attend Green Mountain College is one the I will absolutely never regret. I wholeheartedly encourage you to embrace your acceptance and make the best of the next four years!
Please feel free to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns, or simply to talk about Green Mountain College and how to best prepare for an amazing experience; I am more than willing to connect via phone or through an online platform such as Skype, Messenger, etc.
My name is Mary Beth Poli and I am a graduate of Green Mountain College. Before attending GMC, I went to a vocational-agricultural high school in Connecticut where I studied conservation and landscaping and volunteered at a local Land Trust and Environmental Education Center. I chose to attend Green Mountain College because its Environmental Liberal Arts mission aligns with my personal values.
One of the most important assets of GMC is the exceptional faculty at the college, and I have greatly benefitted by the personal attention and networking opportunities offered through professors and advisors. Meeting personally with an environmental studies professor helped convince me to choose GMC over other colleges, along with the beautiful campus, friendly atmosphere and generous financial aid package.
During my student career I was part of the Honors Program and Progressive Program, was Founding Secretary and President of the Forestry Club and Society of American Foresters (SAF) student chapter, served as a teaching assistant for Images of Nature and Ecology, and worked as a tutor in the excellent learning center in the library. My first summer job as a student was apprenticing at Boardman Hill Farm, an organic vegetable farm. I had a great time, I learned a lot about vegetable production, and I still have a great relationship with the farmers, even renting land from them for my own vegetable growing. I learned about the Green Mountain National Forest as an employer through my advisor at GMC, and I attended a job fair my senior year and learned about opportunities for volunteering there. I spoke with the Soil Scientist on the GMNF, who encouraged me to volunteer in the soil and water program. That summer, I volunteered one day per week and found I enjoyed the work. The following summer, I was hired full time by the GMNF under the student temporary employment program and I completed a summer paid internship there for my 12-credit Natural Resources Management internship. In 2009 I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management. My degree qualified me for further positions with the GMNF, and I was hired back for 5 more seasons. I immensely enjoyed my work there, spending many days in the field in wilderness areas, timber sale areas, and wetlands. In the winter, I worked and skied at Killington Ski Resort.
My GMC advisor was active in the Society of American Foresters organization and often took Natural Resources students to SAF conferences and meetings. He encouraged me to follow in his footsteps and become an officer for SAF after graduation, wrote me a letter of recommendation, and I was voted into the Secretary position by the state membership and served for 4 years (after being reelected for a second 2-year term). I am sure this experience has helped me advance my career and I owe it to my excellent advisor. In 2014, I was hired into my current position as a permanent, year-round Soil Conservation Technician with the US Department of Agriculture–Natural Resources Conservation Service. The majority of my work is field-based, helping farmers throughout southern Vermont install conservation practices that protect soil and water quality and improve wildlife habitat.
I also visit GMC soil science classes at least once a year to talk about NRCS and farming issues, and always welcome volunteers to assist me with field work and help them to gain practical experience. My husband also graduated from Green Mountain College, and has worked for Killington Resort for the last 10+ years as the Financial Coordinator for Mountain Operations. We have two young daughters and own a house on an acre of land in Rutland, 30 minutes from GMC. We have a large vegetable garden and are working towards starting our own organic vegetable farm. We love the Rutland area, are involved with the local community, and hope to spend the rest of our lives here.
I am very grateful to the college and its wonderful faculty and students for bringing me home to Vermont and opening up opportunities for me in my career and personal life.
My name is Carl Diethelm and I graduated from Green Mountain College in May of 2017. I have lived and worked in the area since. Academics always came first for me, and completing the Self-Designed/Progressive Program allowed me to combine my studies with my passion: preventing food from being wasted. It’s really too good to throw in the landfill!
During school, I rode bikes and pulled carts collecting compost and recycling around campus. That’s how I earned the nickname “Compost Carl!” Now, I am the Outreach Coordinator at Rutland County Solid Waste District where I educate residents, schools and businesses about keeping food and other materials out of the landfill. I am very thankful to have found a job where I can make a difference while making a living! I am conducting outreach to residents and businesses all across our county about keeping food and other materials out of the landfill.
I am more than happy to share my experiences in academics, on a sports team and other student groups, as a musician, or just hiking in the mountains! Feel free to respond to me via email@example.com and the GMC Admissions team will help us connect.