Name: Maddie Hall
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
What was the most exciting thing you did this summer?
I took a trip to Newport and Orange County that was really fun. I had never been to the Laguna area before. I went down there to go cliff jumping into the ocean which was exciting because I don’t normally do that sort of thing.
What do your summers normally consist of?
I usually go skiing somewhere out of the country. My family either goes to Chile, New Zealand, or Australia. Chile had the best sunsets I have ever seen in my life.
What was different from being in Southern California compared to the northern coast?
There’s no snow in So Cal. There’s a totally different vibe in Tahoe. You know you can walk around in sweatpants and a t-shirt and no one’s really going to care. In Santa Barbara you sort of have to dress up. Maybe you don’t have to but you do because everyone around you does and you have to keep up with appearances.
Did you work during the summer?
Yes. I worked at El Encanto which is a 5-star restaurant and hotel in Santa Barbara. (It had) super pretty views and OK management, but it was worth it because I made a good amount of money to support myself while living down there.
Name: Meghan Tebow
Hometown: Fredricksburg, Virginia
Major: ODAL and Journalism
Meghan transferred to SNC to obtain her bachelor’s degree after serving in the military for three years as a weather forecaster and working in national parks across the country. She moved to the Tahoe area this August, a week prior to school starting, with her 3-year-old daughter, Karolien Rose Tebow.
So you are 25 and you have already spent time in the military?
I was 20 when I joined. I had been traveling a lot, and kind of joined the military to settle down.
Wow, I don’t think most people think of the military when they think of “settling down.”
Well, I had been traveling for two years. I worked in odd jobs all over the U.S. I worked in an outdoor store in Maine. I went to Wyoming and worked in a lodge there. I was a flight attendant for a brief time. I had odd jobs pretty much all over the U.S. I’ve been to almost every state and lived in almost 10 states. Then I joined the military.
So you join the Air Force and you get stationed in Hawaii. Are you always this lucky?
Well it was a low chance. The highest GPA’s had priority, and they gave us a list to pick from, and Hawaii and Germany were on the list. I was in a place, where I was ready to go hang on an island for three years.
How was life in the military?
In the military you have a really involved job. You’re doing meetings and PT and as a weather forecaster I was on the clock a lot. We would work 12 hour night shifts. Basically, I worked every holiday, but I did get long breaks. I would get like three or four days off so I did get to go hang on the beach and enjoy Hawaii.
How does one become a weather forecaster in the Air Force?
When you first enlist, they sort through whatever jobs they have available. I was going to be a linguist. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a top secret clearance because of a misdemeanor when I was a teenager. The next option they had was weather. So I was like, ok, I’ll do weather.
So the military trained you to forecast the weather?
Yeah. They sent me to Air Force college to get weather training and I went to Hawaii Pacific University to get some of my core classes done.
Hart Heffelfinger, a new student at SNC, has just come to Lake Tahoe from Vashon Island
Name: Hart Heffelfinger
Hometown: Vashon Island, WA
Where is Vashon Island?
Vashon is an island off of Seattle that you can only get to by ferry, and I’ve lived there my whole life. The island is a hippy retirement place. It is where K2 was started and there was big industry for that, but K2 moved off the island 10 years ago and ever since it’s been farmer’s markets and rich Microsoft people.
Late at night, while most students are fast asleep, Tyler Prange is working hard at Diamond Peak to ensure that each run is perfectly groomed. A Ski Business and Resort Management major by day and Diamond Peak vampire by night, Prange is setting himself up for a career in the ski business.
Carl Wernhoff is an outgoing Swedish student with a love for nature, who is looking forward to a career as a ski patroller or outdoor guide. He has lived in the United States for several years but is still relatively new to the West Coast.
Well I work at the Truckee- Tahoe Pet Lodge as a kennel technician. I really wanted to work there, and so I just kept applying and dropping off applications until they hired me, now I love it. Back in Rhode Island I had my own dog walking business and I got to walk this really rich families’ dogs all the time. After their black labs had puppies I got to take care of them all the time. So working at the Pet Lodge just seemed like the only place I would want to work right now.