Name: Blythe Tyrone
Job: Communications Specialist at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation; I am also a grad student seeking my M.S. in Communication at NC State University
Hobbies: endurance horseback riding, reading, hiking, traveling, and pretty much any outdoor activity I can try out in my free time.
Years at Mtn. Challenge: 4; 2008-2012
How you got involved with us: Started as a student worker my freshman spring semester. The program also influenced my decision to attend Maryville College.
Most meaningful thing about Mtn Challenge: I loved the flexible and fun environment, the chance to work with a diverse group of clients, and I had some of the greatest coworkers a person could ever ask for. I gained a lot of lifelong friends from my experience there (as well as some sweet skills).
How it influenced you career: I look for jobs based on how they respect my free time. At my current job, there is no expectation that I be available 24/7 on weekends or vacations, so when I leave the office, I actually get to leave the office, unlike a lot of people in today’s working world. If I had to choose between two jobs, where one was more relaxed and fun but paid less, I’d take the pay cut – it’s worth it! Also, I like knowing that the place I work at does good things, and doesn’t just seek a profit for it’s own sake, gives me more satisfaction with my work. I think that started at Mountain Challenge, so now I seek work where – even if it’s not my dream job – I can at least be proud to say that I work there and know that my work helps further a worthy goal.
A funny story: Mountain Challenge staffers get really close on backpacking trips together. As in, removing-ticks-from-each-
Whatever else you like: I guess you could say that Mountain Challenge will always be a big part of my life, since I got engaged at the top of the tower! My husband and I had been friends for a couple years at Maryville College, but it wasn’t until he joined me in working at Mountain Challenge that we got to see a different side of each other in new environment – a side that we both obviously liked! So it was very fitting that he proposed 60 feet up in the air with former staff belaying us down below.