Student Spotlight – Colby Snow ’17
Colby Snow ’17 came to Gould as a member of the 8th grade Winter Term Program, excited about the potential of blending her love for the mountains with a school that would support her passions. Her trimester went so well she enrolled at Gould in the Fall of 2013. Colby has been active on the Field Hockey and Lacrosse fields. Her leadership and personality led to her being nominated to a dorm proctor of Gehring. Her skiing career faced injury and a tremendous come back on the hill.
Colby will be graduating from Gould in less than a month, and moving on to the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Before she leaves we got a chance to follow her around, and ask a few questions. Check out her answers below!
Student Spotlight Q&A
What brought you to Gould?
I had been skiing at Sunday River since the age of two, and had been racing for the Gould Academy Competition Weekend Program since I was seven, so Bethel, and Gould have always felt like a second home to me. When I discovered Gould had strong academics, a strong ski program, and other sports I knew that it was right fit for me.
How would you describe your time here as you approach the end?
My time here at Gould has been amazing. Looking back at myself in eighth grade, to the end of my freshman year, until now, I have developed into a young adult that I am proud to be. From four point experiences, community service projects, and being involved on campus as a proctor, I have been able to push myself out of my comfort zone, take on leadership roles and try new things. Gould has afforded me many opportunities that I don’t think I would be able to get anywhere else.
Top 3 Moments at Gould so far?
1. Freshman Four Point
For my Freshman four-point I traveled to Beijing, China for one week, and Kunming, for another week. In Beijing I stayed with my entire ninth grade group in a Hostel. We visited the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. I was my first time traveling outside of the United States and was truly an eye-opening experience. My favorite part was when the ninth grade class was separated into smaller groups, and I traveled to Kunming for one week, where I stayed with a host family. I got to live with my host, Mandy, for a week and go to school with her. It was an amazing opportunity to gain a new cultural experience first hand.
2. Marine biology trip to Islesboro
In the fall of my Senior year, I was enrolled in Marine Biology, a senior elective, taught by Mr. Siekman. Throughout the trimester we learned about marine life and why certain organisms thrive in certain zones of the ocean. Towards the end of the trimester, Mr. Siekman brought the entire class to Islesboro, Maine where we stayed at his house. We spent the day on the rocky shores uncovering organisms and identifying them with a guidebook. This class was interesting, and this trip gave me the opportunity to apply what I was learning inside the classroom to real life.
3. Junior Four-Point
Junior Four point was by far one of the best experiences I’ve had at Gould. As I prepared for my nine day winter camping excursion, I was apprehensive, and a little nervous. When I went out into the woods with a group of nine other amazing junior girls, I faced a lot of challenges, mentally and physically and a leadership opportunity. Despite the difficult days where we thought we wouldn’t make it to camp before dark, my group and I had endless laughs that led to amazing memories. I came out of the woods after nine days with a more positive outlook on life, more confidence in my leadership skills, and memories I will never forget.
Thanks Colby, for taking the time and sharing with us, and thanks for making the most of your time at Gould, and being the best possible version of yourself. We’ll be proud to call you an alumna.