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Former Roanoke College Student Survives Near Bear Attack

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Survival Alaska Star Sean Burch Survival Alaska Star Sean Burch
Sean Burch is known for his love of the great outdoors.  He pushes himself to the limits of his endurance and strength during outdoor adventures.  Burch spent many years in the Roanoke Valley as a Roanoke College Student.  

Burch was invited to be a part of The Ultimate Survival Alaska show on National Geographic.  On a recent episode he had a bear encounter that most people would find scary.

Burch explains, "It came charging toward me and luckily I got up and just remained calm, because if you ran it definitely would have gotten me."

There is no prize money to win on the National Geographic show.  Participants get the satisfaction of surviving and thriving.  Thriving in life is the theme of his message to students and staff at Roanoke College and anyone who will listen.

He says, "It is like you start to appreciate every little second in life and that to me is the most important thing for me is you have to appreciate every single second of every single day."

 Sean majored in History here at Roanoke College.  He credits his time in Salem with building a strong foundation for his adventures.

He says, "My whole basis for how I go out and achieve things mentally was right here at Roanoke College and that is why this place means so much to me why it is so special to me."

Filming for Ultimate Survival Alaska is over.  Sean's next adventure is still to be determined.

"Ultimate Survivor Alaska" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel

Link to Sean Burch's adventures including moments with fellow team members in the face of a bear.
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