Social Studies, '16
Former student-athlete and Castleton University alumnus Jordan Goodrich was welcomed to Castleton with open arms, feeling right at home from the second he stepped foot on campus.
It was the friendly and accepting attitude of not only his teammates but also everyone on the University's campus that drew him in both athletically and academically.
"When I arrived on campus for my football recruiting visit, I felt like I was at home," Goodrich said. "I knew that if I came here, I would feel comfortable and have no issues transitioning into college life."
Throughout his four years, Goodrich was able to explore many different options within the liberal arts field, which allowed him to become a more well-rounded individual. The multidisciplinary nature of the Social Studies program enables students to explore varied areas, including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology
Initially, he had full intentions of becoming a social studies educator post-graduation. Still, after finishing his bachelor's degree in Social Studies a year early, he decided to strive toward getting a nontraditional license in special education.
Along the way, Castleton's faculty, coaching staff, and his teammates were his number one support group, pushing him to be better in all aspects of life. He also gained valuable experiences beyond the classroom and athletic field.
"Being able to work with kids and teachers outside of campus is extremely valuable. Not only in the sense of gaining occupational experience but making connections with individuals," Goodrich said.