Benjamin Thorp

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Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2014
Petoskey, Michigan

How did you decide on the RCAH?
I’'m lucky enough to have an aunt that works as a professor here on campus, and when I was doing my school search she kinda nudged me in the direction of the RCAH. It was love at first sight.

What are your academic interests?
A giant mix of things. I love learning as a whole, but at the moment, I’'m starting to focus on education and a wee bit of English.

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
OH MAN. There are many many many, but two in particular that have made ye old college experience FANTASTIC. The first thing that I like is the flexibility of the college. I came in with a weird assortment of interests (still have those) and being in the RC allowed me to pursue all of them, from random theater classes to a couple of courses on sustainable agriculture. The second thing, and frankly the most important, is the size of the college. Getting to know your professors and the people in your classes is what really sets the RCAH aside as a college and makes it a community. Sappy, maybe, but also totally true.

What are your future plans?
Alright, so I have plans coming out my ears at this point, but my two main plans involve doing either Teach For America and the Peace Corps. I’'m hoping to teach, whether in the states or somewhere out in the world, so that’'s the plan.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside of RCAH?
I write (short stories!), play music (banjo and guitar), and act in the occasional play. I’'ve also recently discovered the bizarre appeal of baseball.

Have you ever taken part in a study abroad?
Yes, yes, YES. I took the study abroad to Israel this summer and it was GREAT. It is with Eric Aronoff and if you can, you should definitely take it. Because WHOA.