Alumni Stories

Nearly nine of every ten students who graduate from our competitive curriculum go on to pursue bachelor’s degrees at colleges nationwide.

Our alumni are creating their tomorrows. 

There’s a world of opportunity for creative people, and graduates from Landmark College are making an impact all over the world. You can read their stories here, to become inspired to create your tomorrow!

“Never Quit”: Advice From Chris Mathey ‘04

Like most Landmark College students and alums, I had a rocky academic road that eventually led me to Landmark. When I graduated, I was certain about several things. I felt that I had made the most of my time at Landmark. I had re-learned how to learn. Finally, I knew that I wanted to take my academic experience further—Landmark was (and is) the springboard to all that I have accomplished since then.

In addition to earning an A.A. from Landmark, I earned a B.A. from Hobart College. With sheer determination refined at Landmark, I put myself through graduate school on scholarships. I earned my M.A. from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Today, I am a doctoral student of sociology at Texas A&M University.

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Listen to Our Story

One of Landmark Colleges longest and most powerful traditions is hearing our graduates speak as they cross our stage.

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Met and Married

Over the years, we have heard of an overwhelming number of alumni finding their “partner for life” because of Landmark College. But Doug and Kristin Killin could officially be our first Landmark College Alumni Couple.

Doug and Kristin met when the doors first opened at Landmark College in 1985.  At their graduation, both received the President’s Award, recognizing them as students who had best exemplified the College’s guiding principles.  Together they left Landmark in June 1987 and attended Seattle Pacific University. Kristin earned a BA in History from Seattle Pacific but Doug returned to Landmark as a Resident Dean and earned a degree at Keene State College.  Doug later earned a Master’s in Education at the University of San Francisco. They married October 30, 1993.  Today, they live happily in San Jose, California, with their three children.

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Alumna’s Success Motivates New Students During Convocation

AndreAndrea Tolliver in graduation cap and gowna B. Tolliver earned her Associate of Arts from Landmark College in 2000. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in art education from Manhattanville College, and her Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in special education from Manhattan College of New York in May of 2012. In the fall of 2012, Andrea began in her role as an assistant middle school teacher at the Windward School in White Plains, New York, an independent, co-ed day school focused exclusively on helping students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities.
 

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Landmark Alumna Meghan Benzel Has Come Back To Serve

Megbenzil“I firmly believe that service comes before self, and I look forward to strengthening the communities in which I serve,” Meghan Benzel says. Meghan's work as an AmeriCorps volunteer has taken her into neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and more recently, Superstorm Sandy. She has worked with at-risk youth impacted and influenced by gang violence in northern California.

Even during her time at Landmark College, Meghan served as a resident assistant.

And she recently returned to campus as a member of the SerVermont VISTA Volunteer for Windham County. Since starting her VISTA work here at Landmark College, Meghan has organized many valuable events and programs. Her work is based on The Putney Student Corps consists of students from Landmark College, The Greenwood School, The Grammar School, Putney Central School, and The Putney School. The work that she has done has restored connections with Landmark College and the Putney community.

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An Alum Expands His Horizons Through Study Abroad

Since the opening of the Office of International Education in the summer of 2012, Landmark’s Study Abroad options have been growing by leaps and bounds. While holding onto our very popular programs (such as Chile and Ireland, both of which have been running for years), we are adding new and exciting programs.  Alumni are welcome to join in the fun and adventure. 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Longer Sitting On the Sidelines

Scout MacEachron ’12

Left to right: Drew McDowell of Career and Transfer Services, Scout, and VP of Student AffairsMichael Luciani These are just some of the powerful words Landmark College Alumna Scout MacEachron ’12 shared with new students in January 2015, when she was the keynote speaker at convocation. It was an invaluable opportunity for Scout to come back and give back to Landmark College’s newest Sharks.

After graduating from Landmark in Spring 2012 with her associate degree, Scout transferred to Barnard College (Columbia University) in New York City, earning her B.A. in December 2014. Soon after, she was hired as an assistant producer by NBC News.

Scout discovered her passion for journalism while she was a student at Landmark College, She participated in theater, athletics, volunteer work, and The Independent, our student newspaper, of which she was executive editor. Scout also wrote and took photographs for the Brattleboro Commons. This, combined with her work on campus, cemented her desire for a career in journalism. Since moving to New York, Scout has interned at Education Update (founded by Pola Rosen, a former member of the Landmark College Board of Trustees), Good Housekeeping, Rolling Stone, and NBC's Broadcast News division ("NBC Nightly News" and "Dateline"). She works part time for Electric Yolk Media, a Brooklyn-based production company, and writes for various blogs and websites.

This is the story Scout shared with new Landmark College students at convocation in January 2015:

“I remember sitting where you are, watching some Landmark alumni I didn’t know give this speech. I was thinking two things. The first was ‘Cue the inspirational speech.’ And the second was, ‘That’ll be me some day…’ I was right, on both counts!

“The reason I’m up here, the reason I just graduated from college after seven years of trying, and the reason I’m pursuing a career I love is because of hard… you thought I was going to say hard work, didn’t you? I bet that your whole life people have told you all it takes to succeed is hard work, right? Getting bad grades? Can’t find a job? Work harder. Well you know what--that’s B.S. It takes a lot more than hard work. The reason I’m up here, the real reason, is because this place taught me how to believe in myself. I left Landmark feeling like I had a place the world. I had things to contribute. I wasn’t just someone sitting on the sidelines anymore.  

“If you let it, Landmark will do that for you too. A lot of us come here from a place where we’ve been told that we’re not good enough. We’re failures. We’re stupid. We’re lazy. We’re a lost cause. That’s not true--and even if you don’t believe that about yourself now, you will. No matter how you imagine yourself 20 years from now—a video game creator, a journalist, a chef--whatever it is you see when you fantasize about your future, this is where it starts.

“Look around. The people sitting here with you—the teachers, administrators, staff—they already believe in you, and they don’t even know you. They chose to be here, and it’s not just that they love rural Vermont. They believe in people like us, people with LDs, people who learn differently, people who go through life on a different schedule than everyone else, and that’s why they’re here. You are going to meet some of the most amazing and supportive people in the world. Don’t push them away.

“The first key to succeeding here is accepting help, even if you don’t want it or don’t think you need it. Whether that help comes in the form of an advisor, a professor, a study group, office hours, even a trip to the DCAS, take it. Slowly you’ll learn. And you’ll start to realize that you can do the things you didn’t think you could. And that you’re worth the time and work it takes to do them. It can be really hard to want to succeed if you don’t think you deserve it. Which is why as important as the skills you’re going to learn are, what you’ll feel because of having them is more important. That’s confidence.

“I discovered my passion for journalism here, and I’ve had countless friends discover what it is they want to do while here. I don’t think that’s just a coincidence. It’s almost impossible to figure out what you love and what you want to do when you think your options are limited by what you can and can’t do. Landmark will give you the skills and the support you need to realize that you can do anything.

“It isn’t going to be easy. It isn’t always going to be fun. There are going to be times when you want to give up, and there are going to be times when you do give up. But that’s another great thing about Landmark: you’ll learn that just because you give up one day it doesn’t mean that your week, or month, or even year are worth giving up on, too.

“There are going to be distractions--this is a college, after all. But don’t let those things distract you so much that you forget what this place can offer you. This is your chance. You will never find yourself in a place like this again. I guarantee you that. You will never be surrounded by peers who truly understand what you’ve gone through and teachers that truly believe in you. Don’t waste that. Because it’s simply not fair to yourself. You deserve this. Enjoy it.

“Landmark changed my life, and it will change yours if you let it.”

 

--Scout ’12

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Questions? Contact:
Tricia Stanley
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
802.387.6464
alumni@landmark.edu