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Anne Alzapiedi '86: From the darkness, light

Sometimes the worst events bring out the best in people. For Anne Alzapiedi '86, it was the horror of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

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Lori-Nan Kaye '76: Renaissance woman

"I don't think you need to limit yourself to one thing. I try to be open to the experiences that are made available to me. I think if you set your eyes on one specific goal, you might miss out on other opportunities that come along."

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Barbara Moore '69: Culture change

Sometimes life presents irresistible opportunities. Several years after graduating from Skidmore with a degree in philosophy, Barbara Moore '69 found herself offered one.

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Rebecca Horton '08: Helping refugees

An internship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was not her first choice, but it helped make Rebecca Horton '08 what she is today: an associate resettlement officer with the agency.

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John Henry Benisch II '89: Career arc

John Henry Benisch II '89 wanted to be a pilot ever since he was a kid. During his freshman year at Skidmore, a professor encouraged him to take flying lessons at nearby Saratoga airport, and Benisch got his wings there.

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Patricia Loftman '71: Midwife and advocate

Growing up in Jamaica, it was the norm for expectant mothers to use midwives. It was this familiar tradition that inspired Loftman to parlay her nursing degree into work as a certified nurse-midwife.

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Michael Muhammad Knight '09: Lightning rod

While most of us tiptoe around in the shallow end of religion, Michael Muhammad Knight, UWW '09, joyfully climbs the high dive and performs a double gainer. Wearing a kufi.

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From CTM comes Creative Thought at Work: Skidmore grads who think creatively, communicate effectively, and embrace their roles as global citizens in their lives and careers.  We hope you find these Skidmore stories helpful and inspiring in reflecting on and planning your journey. And in that spirit, we encourage you to tell your story, too.
We're asking Skidmore students and alumni four questions. Here are their answers
1 How has your journey of academic discovery at Skidmore helped to shape who you are today?
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2 How has study in your major — and your general grounding in the liberal arts — prepared you for success?
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3 Has creativity mattered in what you've done? How so?
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4 What advice would you give to young people at Skidmore who might be considering this major?
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Our thanks to the many Skidmore students and alumni who have provided their perspectives.

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