Student Profile: Lacey Hogue
Lacey Hogue is a mountain girl who goes by the nickname “Laced Up.” She is always ready to ski and lives by the motto: “Everyone says life is a beach, but I think life is a mountain.”
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Where are you from?
I am from Burlington, Vermont. However, I was born in Russia. I do not have any memory of Russia because I came to the United States when I was a baby.
What brought you to SNC?
Skiing is my passion. I never had an opportunity to attend a school where I could get my education and also enjoy skiing. When the opportunity to attend SNC presented itself, it was a done deal for me.
Are you glad you made the decision to enroll here?
I am very glad I have enrolled at SNC. The intimate sense of community is very appealing to me. I love the support I have been getting here from both the teachers and the campus staff.
What else do you like about SNC?
You can get to know virtually everyone’s name. At a larger school, that is not possible. The smaller class sizes are also beneficial because of the individual attention. It’s a great opportunity for the teachers to get to know the students, and for the students to get to know the teachers. I feel welcomed here.
Can you describe the freshman experience at SNC?
Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. I receive a lot of encouragement and support. The adjustment is really easy because of the intimate, small setting and sense of community. It did not take me long at all to get the hang of things.
Since your move to Tahoe, have you noticed a change in your appreciation for the outdoors?
Absolutely. I really thought I had great skiing in Vermont, but I have never seen snow like this before in my life. The mountains here are different than on the East Coast. The snow here is unbelievable. It is so beautiful with the pine trees and, of course, Lake Tahoe itself.
My appreciation for this part of the country has gone way up and is truly expanding my horizon. The beauty of this place is hard to describe to my family back home.
Besides skiing, what other outdoor activities do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I really want to learn rock climbing while I am here. I think it would be a real adrenaline rush to climb the face of a mountain. I like testing myself.
What do you miss the most about back home?
I would have to say my family. That is the one thing I have not really adjusted to yet. I have always been a family girl. I am very close to my parents.
What do you plan on doing with your psychology degree after you graduate from SNC?
I will continue my education. In the field of psychology, I need to get my masters degree. After I get my bachelors degree here at SNC, I will find another school to pursue my graduate degree.