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!
Hometown: Rogersville, Missouri.
Majoring in Government and Arabic
What experiences have you had abroad?
I studied abroad with AFS my sophomore year (of high school) to Italy.
Which schools have you visited?
Lebanon High School and Stevens High School.
What have you learned from your experiences presenting with LIM?
LIM has helped me to appreciate my experience abroad in a whole new way. Before presenting, I cherished my experience because it was beneficial and enjoyable to me. With LIM I am able to encourage and benefit others with my experience. It has also taught me about the great responsibility I have. Now that I have traveled I must share my experiences and help others strive to experience the world as well.
In your opinion, why is going to college important?
Besides providing opportunities for a future career, I think that college is vital when it comes to discovering what you really enjoy doing and how you can benefit others by doing what you like. College definitely introduces you to people, places and concepts that no other place can.
What else are you involved in on campus?
Christian Union, Relay for Life, 99Rock.
What has surprised you about being at college?
Coming to Dartmouth has really shown me how amazing people are. It has surprised me that every person I have met has been so open and honest with me. Each student has a unique and amazing story and I am just so surprised at how open and accepting everyone is of each other despite their experiences and beliefs.
What did you appreciate about your experience presenting?
While presenting I had to opportunity to engage with students who are the age I was when I went abroad. I really appreciated the ability to share my experience and also interact with students who were sincerely interested in my time abroad and my experience. It is nice to have others appreciate something that is so important to me.
What was most challenging about your experience presenting?
The most challenging aspect for me was probably just deciding what I wanted to share. Anyone who has spent time abroad has a laundry list of things they like to tell people about but it is important to pick the most relevant and relatable topic for your presentation. Once I figured that out, the presentation was well received and I think it went great.
What do you love about LIM?
I love LIM because not only is it wonderful to meet so many fascinating students who have had experiences like mine, but it also gives me the opportunity to influence someone's life. When I was a freshman in high school I had to seek out the opportunities to study abroad and I wish someone would have told me about it sooner. I hope to be that person in someone's life so they can experience the adventure of studying abroad.
What would you say to a student who is thinking about becoming involved in LIM?
DO IT! If you have every spent time abroad this is an amazing opportunity to reach out to those in the community who need it most and at the same time relive your experiences.
What is one fun fact about you?
I broke my hip when I was 14 and had to quit playing a lot of sports because of it...but that is when I decided to study abroad.
Last Updated: 2/11/13