Learns to be happy?
Cole Crouch '17
A summer internship working with Wabash alum Jason Bridges at his company, Nantucket Bike Tours, was a perspective-shifting experience for Cole Crouch. Cole Crouch was a student who was often a little too driven, focused on a career in law, and barely cracked a smile. But everything changed when he accepted an internship with Wabash alum Jason Bridges ’98 at his company Nantucket Bike Tours, where emotional intelligence is the focus and learning the business is a byproduct. “I learned to be interested in other people,” Cole says, “to step outside myself, and try to build community.” Upon returning to campus, people began to see a change in the rhetoric major. They wondered if it was genuine because he seemed a little “too happy.” He was still extremely focused – conducting research with professors, studying abroad in Greece and becoming the editor-in-chief of the Wabash student paper, The Bachelor. But he was smiling. “My entire life is night-and-day different. I’m not only more thankful for everyone around me in a more genuine way, but I can also physically get animated around people in a way I didn’t before. I’m a hugger now.” Cole returned to the island after graduation to help manage the business and mentor interns who have followed in his footsteps.
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.