Maegan Carney maintained impressive academic and athletic records while a student at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs. She was the National Collegiate Ski Association slalom and overall ski champion in 1988 and 1989, and was named the national student athlete of the year both years, with a 4.0 GPA.
Maegan says her days at Colorado Mountain College were foundational. “A lot of people see CMC as a stepping stone to greater projects, which is wonderful,” she says, “but I also want to remind people that it is an incredible experience in and of itself. When I was a student, CMC was full of brilliant professors who truly cultivated our minds, but more importantly, I knew that they really cared about us. My teachers nurtured me as a whole person and my time at CMC was clearly the best years of my formal education.”
After graduating from CMC, Carney transferred to the University of Colorado, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with honors. She then went on to earn a master’s in counseling psychology from Naropa University. She continued to excel at skiing, becoming the world extreme skiing champion in 2001 and 2002. She also spent 21 years as an instructor and course director with the Colorado Outward Bound School, carrying forward lessons learned from caring faculty at Colorado Mountain College.
After earning her master’s degree, Carney went into private practice as a therapist, now residing in Canada.