“I’ve consistently found something to appreciate about all of my professors here, specifically those of the English department and Jen Sellers of the psychology department.”
Sage Maliepaard is a natural observer of people. A dual major in writing and psychology gives her a rich perspective on human nature through the lenses of art and science. “I’m initially drawn to the attitudes I encounter in writing classes, and I treasure the scientific base as a means of balancing out information. Hopefully I can be more grounded as a thinker, and a person who thinks about thinking, by focusing on psychology,” she said.
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sage found Green Mountain College through the Eco League program. “My brother Asher goes to Northland in Wisconsin,” she said, “I visited GMC because I liked what I saw at Northland.” The Eco League connects Green Mountain with a consortium of six environmentally themed colleges around the country, allowing students at each school to spend up to two non-consecutive semesters of study at any of the participating schools.
During her 2014 summer break, Sage interned with Many Hands Farm Corps near Amherst, Mass. “As a troop of ten interns, we lived and cooked together in a house; we did eight-hour work days at organic farms in the area learning about farming techniques,” she said. “We each contributed in a way that functioned effectively altogether. The value that we found in one another made all of the work easier.”
Sage has found the small size of GMC conducive to building those same meaningful connections with students and professors. “I’ve consistently found something to appreciate about all of my professors here, specifically those of the English department and Jen Sellers of the psychology department. They’re very accessible people,” she said. It wouldn’t surprise the people who know her best to learn that, out of the options Sage is considering for her future, all involve psychology.”I’d been intending to go about applied psychology as a counselor, but lately I’ve been considering research.”