Student Spotlights - Garrett College

Garrett College McHenry campus offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The wearing of CDC-recommended face masks or face coverings is optional, except for individuals required to wear as part of the isolation or quarantine guidelines.

Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated at this time but are strongly encouraged to do so.

The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at novel coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page.

Apply Now
Plan a Visit
Request Info
Make a Gift
Your Journey Begins Here

Our Students and Alumni Pursue Incredible Journeys

All of our students have a unique story to tell. Many start out at Garrett College with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university. A large percentage of our students are the first in their family to attend college. Others seek to advance their career by learning a new skill.

These stories represent journeys of overcoming personal challenges, defining and achieving success, and discovering true passions.

Our Students


Major: Adventure Sports Management

Hometown: York, PA


Question: Why did you choose Garrett College?
Answer: I found Garrett College through researching the parks and recreation program at Frostburg. Garrett turned out to be just what I was looking for; an inexpensive school with a very hands-on outdoor program.

Question: What made you decide to enroll in the Adventure Sports Management program?
Answer: I have always loved the outdoors and after seeing the photos and description of the program, I knew I had to sign up.

Question: How is your semester going so far?
Answer: My semester has been going great so far. I started it off by getting my Wilderness First Responder certification and then started the cross country skiing sequence. By the end of the skiing classes, I earned my PSIA Level 1 certification, which means I’m a certified ski instructor.

Question: COVID-19 has changed our lives dramatically. How have you adapted to the current environment?
Answer: I have been doing my best to adapt to the new way of life presented by COVID. When I’m not in classes, I enjoy going on hikes around the area. Since I’m not able to be with friends as much now, getting outside is a great way for me to stay busy.

Question: What do you enjoy most about being a student in the adventure sports management program?
Answer: My favorite part of being in ASI is spending time with classmates and instructors out in the field. I also really enjoy the styles of teaching that the instructors use. It is all very hands-on and experiential and that is exactly how I learn best.

Question: Hands-on learning and field activities are a big part of the Adventure Sports program, and something that sets the program apart from others. Describe how this has benefited you and your experience with the hands-on learning components and activities you’ve done so far.
Answer: In high school where the learning environment was very traditional, I never really found myself getting interested in much that they were teaching me which resulted in me not applying myself to my full potential. With the hands-on nature of the classes here at Garrett, I find that I can really get absorbed into my classes and excel in them. Many of these classes seem like they might not have much educational value but ever since starting classes here, I have gained valuable interpersonal skills and feel like a much more well-rounded person.

Question: How has attending GC worked to your advantage?
Answer: The price of GC is a big advantage for me. It is one of the cheapest schools I looked at and I still feel like I’m getting a very quality education.

Question: What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
Answer: One of my biggest challenges was learning how to roll a kayak back up after it flips. Getting down the technique for this was very challenging but once I figured it out, I had a huge sense of accomplishment.

Question: How have Garrett College support services, faculty or staff supported you?
Answer: Along with receiving financial aid from the school, the ASI staff have helped me overcome every obstacle I face while learning a new skill like kayaking or skiing.

Question: What advice do you have for a new GC student or someone on the fence about attending college?
Answer: If someone is on the fence about college, I would advise taking a gap year. This is what I did and it was very helpful. A nice long break after high school was very helpful because it gave me time to really consider what I want to do with my life. I never really found that out and don’t know if I ever will but I don’t think anyone should be rushing into college if they aren’t feeling confident about their decision.

Question: How has the Adventure Sports Management program prepared you for what you plan to do next? What are those plans?
Answer: The certifications that I have been able to get through this program are a huge help when it comes to finding a job after college. The outdoor industry is very competitive and having certifications like WFR and PSIA make me a top pick when applying for outdoor jobs.

Garrett College Students and Alumni Share Their Stories