Interview with Sam Smith, Berkshire Center Alumni
When did you graduate from Berkshire Center?
I graduated in Spring, 2008.
What are you up to now?
I am living in Silver Springs, Maryland working as an independently contracted personal trainer at LA Fitness as well as an ice hockey trainer at Cabin John and Wheaton ice rink.
What jobs have you worked since leaving CIP?
Since CIP, I have worked at the Library of Congress as a mail room clerk and as a recreation specialist.
Are you in a relationship?
Yes, I am in a very romantic relationship with my girlfriend.
What are your hobbies?
Ice hockey, hockey conditioning, personal training, running, weight lifting and public speaking.
What accomplishments have you made since your time at CIP?
I’ve become an inspirational, motivational and honorable public speaker for birthday parties, ceremonies, seminars and even funerals.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
As an Athletic/Personal Trainer.
If you could help out CIP with the skills you learned, what would you do?
I would be the first CIP athletic director and fitness specialist, designing programs at the health club for students in the areas of swimming, weight lifting and aerobics. I would love to help students develop their athletic skills by playing soccer, basketball, dodge ball and volleyball. By evaluating them on a weekly basis I could showing them their improvements.
I would also be on duty in the athletic department for students all day. My services would be held at the health club mainly, but also at CIP for students who cannot make it to the health club as often.
What advice would you give current CIP students?
Like Freddie Mercury Says, “Be a champion and keep on fighting till the end”.
Any other information you want to share?
Fact- Dropkick Murphys and Queen are my favorite bands. My website I created for personal training business is www.sammysniche.com.
Gary Shaw, Berkshire Center Program Director:
“Sam is one of the hardest working people I know. He is extremely motivated to do the best he can under all circumstances. As a member of the Student Senate, Sam also almost single handedly organized last year’s Valentines’ Day Dance with a live band. He even negotiated with the band for a lower fee, so the Senate could afford them.”