Reputable and dynamic Sociology and Communication programs close to home is what brought graduate Wyatt Andrews to Castleton’s Alumni Gates.
Having grown up in Vermont, Castleton added up to be the perfect distance from home for Andrews, who enjoyed the ability to visit while continuing to forge his own collegiate path and professional future.
“I think Castleton is proof that a great education doesn't have to come from an Ivy League school,” said Andrews.
Having double majored in Sociology and Communications, Andrews is able to apply his degrees to his current career. He works in Brattleboro, Vermont as a social worker and independent videographer. In his social work position, he works one on one with adults with developmental disabilities. In his duties as a videographer, Andrews works with various members of the arts and social justice communities developing video content for online use.
“Castleton gave me the technical skills I needed to start down the road of professional videography, as well as fostering the passion for social change that has led me to social work, and the types of clients I now do video for,” he said.
Andrews credits Castleton and the close to home experience it provided with pushing him where he wanted to go. With the help of Communication Professor Robert Gershon and Sociology Professor Phillip Lamy, Andrews was challenged in the way he best responded to.
“Their one on one advice and insight really helped mold and guide me to where I am today. They were instrumental in my development not only as a college graduate, but as a well-rounded individual,” he explained. “As an overly confident and stubborn young adult, these professors really knew how to humble me in ways that I respected then, and am eternally grateful for now.”
Andrews describes his time at the University as an intimate experience. Being an independent learner, he appreciated the ability to shape his major to best fit his desires.
“Castleton is big enough that it can provide the more traditional university experience to those that want it, but is small enough to give non-traditional learners, such as myself, the opportunity to grow our education how we see fit. A college education isn't just about learning the academic skills you need for a career, it's about developing life skills that extend into all aspects of your daily life.”