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Meet the Intern: Ben Smith

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Ben Smith is a senior at Marist College studying History and Adolescent Education. Prior to attending Marist College, Ben attended Highland High School as well as Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Ben’s passion for history stemmed from a very early age and has only grown as time has passed. He has always been impressed with the amount of history that the area has to offer and is always looking to learn more about the people and events that have helped shape the Hudson Valley as it exists today. One of the most memorable experiences he has is seeing Pete Seeger speak and perform at Highland High School to teach the students about the Hudson River. Ben feels that as someone who would like to become a history teacher, he lives in the perfect area and is extremely excited to be able to teach his future students about the Hudson Valley whether it be locally or somewhere far away.

In his free time, Ben enjoys staying active and in shape. He works at Mike Arteaga’s Health & Fitness Centers located directly across from the college and can be found there exercising regularly. In the warmer months, he likes to hike Minnewaska and Mohonk located in New Paltz and is always looking for new places to explore in the area. At his previous college, Ben played lacrosse at the collegiate level and continues to coach the sport to his former high school during the winter and spring months. Ben is also an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, however painful that tends to be. Ben is also the Secretary for the Marist chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He has been fortunate enough to travel to New Mexico to help build an adobe house and will be headed to Florida in March, 2015 to help build more homes for those in need. When he isn’t moving around, he enjoys relaxing at home with his girlfriend Cailen and her two dogs and binge watching Netflix.

In the future, Ben would like to be a teacher at the 7-12 grade level, with an eye towards potentially teaching college. He would like to attain a Master’s Degree in Administration and one day enter a doctoral program. Although he very much enjoys living in the Hudson Valley, he admits that he is open to traveling anywhere in the country or the world as long as it is in pursuit of something that interests him. His main goal is to be able to impact his future students or colleagues lives positively in whatever field he is working and to ultimately enjoy life wherever it leads him.

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