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Why Skidmore? Hear Jesse Epstein’s story

October 25, 2018
by Julia Marco

In addition to being director of Skidmore EMS, Jesse is an admissions ambassador, past president of Hillel and a former participant in the College’s First-Year Experience (FYE) in London program.

This semester, he’s a research assistant in professor Mark Rye’s Positive Psychology Lab as well as a peer mentor for one of the FYE London seminars.

Hear Jesse’s story

“My name is Jesse Epstein and I’m a junior from Long Island, New York.

“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.”

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