Psychology major and international student Linn Ljungemo found Castleton to be the perfect reach outside of her comfort zone.
“I wanted to continue to ski on a competitive level, but had no desire to stay in Sweden,” explained Ljungemo. “I have always loved traveling, and I figured that applying to schools in the United States would give me the opportunity to ski, travel, and study at the same time.”
She was put in touch with Head Alpine Ski Coach Chris Eder and arranged a visit to Castleton. After an immediate connection with the team, Ljungemo knew the University would be a perfect fit for her academic and athletic endeavors.
“I was thrilled to see that the campus was so close to nature. Being close to nature gives me energy and inspiration, inside, as well as outside, the classroom,” she said.
Now a captain of the Women’s Apline Ski Team, Ljungemo is forever grateful for the opportunity to be an active student athlete.
“It has provided me with a family away from home from day one,” said Ljungemo. “It is a unique feeling to be able to travel, and represent the school. It makes my successes on the slopes so much more special. All the hard work that is put in is worth it when you have the support from an entire school.”
That consistent support of her peers, professors and coaches continued over into other parts of her Castleton experience, broadening her perspective of the world and the various paths within her career field. Ljungemo added that she is grateful for the chance to obtain an education while also integrating herself within a new country and culture, knowledge and experiences she feels will carry her through the rest of her life.
“The professors have shown a genuine interest in the person I am, and have pushed me to be the best student that I can be. The faculty, as well as my coaches has always reached out a helping hand in everything from academics, to more personal areas,” said she. “My coaches make me want to strive further and do better every day, on the slopes, in the gym, and in the classroom.”