Meet Emily Pross: Top Longboarder in a Male-Dominated Sport

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Emily Pross

For the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Berkeley College among the Best Colleges in the nation for Online Bachelor Degree Programs. The ranking also recognizes Berkeley College as among the best Online Bachelor Degree Programs for Veterans. Click here to read the full press release.

Emily Pross of Mineral, VA, was able to pursue her career and keep her standing as the top-ranked female competitor in her sport for five consecutive years by completing her required internship to graduate and earning her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Communications from Berkeley College Online®. In 2019, she competed in the Olympics-sanctioned event, the “World Roller Games” (WRG) and won Gold for the United States.

Because of her interest in professional downhill longboard racing, earning a college degree could have been postponed indefinitely. “Thanks to the online option, I was able to sign into my classes and complete coursework before and after competitions while traveling,” said Ms. Pross, who competed in eight races in six countries in 2019 and completed the requirements for graduation with Honors. 

Ms. Pross used the marketing and branding concepts she learned in her college courses to gain sponsorships that help pay for skating equipment and travel expenses, which allowed her to enter more competitions. Offered a full-time position at Kebbek, a skateboard manufacturing company where she completed her internship, Ms. Pross is pursuing her career as a marketing specialist in the downhill skating industry and extreme sports. She hopes someday to have her own business.

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