Joanna Schneider '13
Student Director forBig Brother, Big Sister
Major: Sociology modified with Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
Other Campus Involvements: DOC; General Manager of Big Green Bus
Fun fact: She got involved in Big Brother, Big Sister in high school, over 7 years ago!
Every summer fifteen Dartmouth students and alumni form the core of the SEAD staff. These individuals compose the residential and student teaching teams and are the individuals who have the most interaction with our students while they are here. Whether it is at breakfast in the morning, in class during the day, at one of the afternoon or evening activities, or at night before lights out, the staff members are working with the students most of the day.
SEAD staff members are motivated, energetic student leaders, who are interested in education and service. They must show an ability to work with peers in an environment of intense collaboration, and above all, an ability to work with high school students. Patience, generosity of spirit, a sense of humor and adaptability are characteristics that are needed to work with any group of adolescents and are a must for any of the program's workers.
Applications sent out to those previously involved with SEAD via blitz at the end of the Winter Term from the "SEAD Program" blitz account. If you are interested in this position, please e-mail SEAD@dartmouth.edu in the Winter term for more information.
"Coming in I had no idea how much these students would affect the way I think about my own life, actions, dreams and interests."
– SEAD staff member
"I've learned more in the past two weeks than I have in my two years at Dartmouth. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the chance to work with these amazing and inspiring students."
– SEAD staff member
Understanding that two to three weeks each summer is a small part of a student's education, the SEAD program sends a Dartmouth undergraduate to each of its partner schools for eight to ten weeks each quarter. The SEAD Intern provides a great link between the program and the communities in which our students live. Working in our partner schools full-time, the intern spends much of the time assisting the school's faculty and administration in facilitating various projects around the school.
The intern also works with the program's students and helps with their academic progress. The intern meets with the students regularly and is able to bring back a wealth of information about the students and the schools that allows us to develop effective curricula for the following summer. The intern is also responsible for organizing an event with the SEAD students and local Dartmouth alumni from the partnering communities.
Applications sent out via blitz to the sophomore and junior classes at the beginning of Fall Term from the "SEAD Program" blitz account. Please contact SEAD@dartmouth.edu for more information about this position in the beginning of Fall term.
“I really look forward to the times when they pop into the office to share something they are proud of, or ask a question about something we worked on previously, etc. Those times make me feel like I am making a connection and making a difference. I love seeing their faces light up when they are proud of something they have done, and it is so fantastic when they share that feeling with me.”
– SEAD winter intern
Last Updated: 9/6/11