Soon after starting my college studies at the University of Vermont, I began to see action sports not only as a sport, but more broadly as a lifestyle. I joined the snowboard team my freshman year and was quickly immersed into a world of competitive snowboarding with others who shared my passion for the sport. I competed in multiple rail jams throughout Vermont and qualified for and competed in USASA slope-style and half-pipe nationals four years in a row at Copper Mountain (placed second in slope-style in 2012). Also, while living in Vermont I made many acquaintances who exposed me to another side of the snowboarding industry - filming video parts and riding urban spots like ledges, rails, and rooftops. This combination of experiences gave me a very diverse background and perspective on the industry. After graduation, in order to pursue my calling from the mountains, I moved to the Lake Tahoe area of California - a snowboarding Mecca. Here, I have supported myself in the restaurant industry which has taught me everything there is to know about customer service. I have learned how to approach problems and find solutions when customers are displeased and would go to great lengths just to resolve the issue and make the customer happy. The restaurant industry has also allowed me to have free time during the day to ride with old and new friends and continue my exposure to the action sports industry. Looking back earlier on in my life, I guess my love for snowboarding grew from an earlier passion for skateboarding. I grew up in a house with two brothers and was always influenced by their addiction to skateboarding. We all attended Woodward camp in Pennsylvania for two years, and I subsequently worked there for three summers as a counselor and an open skate instructor. It was fun to work with kids so passionate about skateboarding at such a young age and after being there for five summers, I saw trends in the industry from fashion, to hard goods, to overall attitude about the sport come and go. This provided me with additional insight into the sport and how it has developed through the past several years. My goal is to obtain an entry-level position in the actions sports industry which will allow me to leverage my knowledge of the skate and snowboarding industry and community generally, while allowing me to demonstrate my writing, leadership and interpersonal skills.