B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Jeff Snodgrass
I just began my two year Master’s program at the University of Utah in Social Work. Previously, I worked at Second Nature Wilderness Therapy for a year and a half. During this time, I worked with at risk adolescents who have been sent by their parents (some are adjudicated) to the wilderness in eastern Utah in hopes that they will learn better communication skills, among other things. We teach them survival skills helping them cultivate empathy, accountability, responsibility, and assertive communication. In my time at Second Nature, I attained the level of a Senior Field Instructor.
Note to Current Students
The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University opened my eyes to other ways of living and being in the world. The diversity of interests and passions of the faculty allowed me to delve into different cultures, from Andean societies to the Neandertals to gamers in the World of Warcraft! These professors also helped me to learn invaluable tools of critical reading and writing, research and analysis, participant observation, and interview methodology, which I plan to bring with me to the MSW (Master’s in Social Work) program at the University of Utah. Working closely with Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass, I learned about the school of ethnopsychiatry and its attempt to bring culture into the field of mental illness. My experience in the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University helped pave a path that I never imagined would be my own and has provided me the opportunity to continue a life I find to be meaningful and fulfilling.