Alumni Profiles


SchirinSchirin Oeding ’12

Current position: Freelance writer, graduate student

“A great education offers facts and figures hand-in-hand with a deeper understanding of the self by awakening a compassionate, thoughtful relationship with each other and our planet. The marriage of work and learning gave me the chance to connect more deeply to my purpose as a human being, as well as allowing me to partake in the challenges and delights of the college community’s day-to-day operation. In a time when student debt has become the norm, the work-college model combines the best of both worlds: a chance to graduate with less—or no—debt, and an opportunity to really dig in deep and get our hands dirty.

In my experience, one of the greatest joys of a Sterling education is the celebration of work and service done well. This commitment, along with the chance to explore multiple avenues of work on and off campus, have driven me to make no compromises in the vision of my life’s work.”





Tommy Greenwell ’06

Tommy Greenwell '06 Sterling College

“At Sterling College, I was able to contribute to the community through the Work Program by working on the farm and in the kitchen. I was also able to combine my Work Program position and Senior Research Project working with a local, alternative middle and high school.

For the past four years, I have been serving as the full-time Assistant Director of Camp Mowglis in Hebron, New Hampshire.  My job at Camp Mowglis is a lot like being a student worker at Sterling College.  I have the wonderful opportunity to facilitate, teach, and learn.”






Alyssa Holmes '03 Sterling CollegeAlyssa Holmes ’03

Current position: Owner and Herbal & Nutritional Consultant, Brattleboro Holistic Health Center, Vermont

“Since graduating from Sterling College in 2003, my main focus has been in herbalism, with a lot of emphasis on homesteading and community as well. My life in the past decade has been a beautiful tapestry of hard work, creative thinking, staying true to what I love, fun, and family.

I ran a small herbal company in Brattleboro with a friend for 8 years, which has now become part of the Brattleboro Holistic Health Center. We are a worker-owned cooperative, and I feel that my passion for working in groups is directly related to my experience at Sterling. Problem solving, debating in a healthy way, inspired visionary planning, and reaching goals, are all skills that were fine tuned for me at Sterling.

My life is filled with work that I love and that is deeply rewarding. I have gratitude toward Sterling everyday for the work ethic that was instilled through the education and the Work Program. I know I would not be where I am today, living my dream, without the experience of Sterling College.”