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Why Skidmore? Pursuing interdisciplinary passions. [Video]

October 25, 2018
by Jesse Epstein '19

I thought there wasn't a college out there for me. I had too many disparate interests. Then I found Skidmore. 

Now, I'm the director of Skidmore EMS, an admissions ambassador and Hillel leader. I spent a semester in London and am now helping other students make the most of their time abroad as a peer mentor. And last but not least, I'm contributing to some exciting research working in the Positive Psychology Lab.

Suffice it to say, I think I found my place.

My story 

Something that’s unique about the Skidmore community that I’m immensely proud of is our care for interdisciplinary passions. 

Ultimately, the reason I chose Skidmore is that I couldn’t find any other place I visited that encouraged me to explore all of my different passions.

I’m currently the director of Skidmore College Emergency Medical Services. My passion, as a result of working EMS at Skidmore, has evolved into a life-long dream and goal of working with EMS providers from a psychotherapy standpoint.

I thought at first, "Okay I’ll be a psychologist and maybe volunteer with a local EMS agency." But I’ve discovered over time here in my experiences and talking to people that I really can merge those passions and develop a completely new field that doesn’t exist.

Mental health for providers is a hole in our market right now and it’s a gap that I want to fill. I want to develop programs and protocols and write books on it. I also want to help other people and come give talks here when I’m an alumnus to get other people interested in the field. I want to give back to the community when it’s my turn.


Before I graduate, I want to thank Skidmore, the communities it fosters and the memories and life it’s helped me create.
May 20 2020

Skidmore has taught me many things, including how to use resources and the expertise of people I’ve met here to begin constructing my post-grad life.
Feb 25 2020

I’m a double major in geosciences and theater who studied abroad in Russia at the Moscow Art Theater School and spent six days a week in an immersive performance program. What was it like? Very, very xорошо (good).
Feb 19 2020