Michelle Snyder

Michelle Snyder

College & Career Adviser


Austin ISD

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
College - I applied to 3 schools, and chose to attend Denison University
Switch Majors - I started college as a pre-law student, and quickly realized that wasn't the right fit for me. So I changed to a Religion Major with a Psychology minor
Work Experience - I got a job working as an intern in the university Admissions Office and started volunteering at a local college access non-profit
AmeriCorps - I wanted some real life experience before going to grad school, so I applied to college access AmeriCorps programs and took a position with College Forward in Austin, TX
Build Network - the most important thing I did as an AmeriCorps member was work hard and build my professional network. The people I worked with trusted and respected me, which opened doors for me!
Graduate School - after realizing my passion for college access, I chose to pursue a masters degree in Student Affairs Administration at Ball State University
Dream Job - An opening for a College Advising position fell into my lap thanks to the connections I had built before earning my masters degree. I jumped on it and love my job!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Kokomo Christian School
undergrad
Bachelor
Religion/Religious Studies
Denison University
graduate
Graduate
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Ball State University
Career

Career

College & Career Adviser

I advise high school students on their academic and career options after high school.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I help high schools students plan for life after high school. That involves helping juniors and seniors with college applications, introducing students to different career options, and connecting interested students to military recruiters. Every student is different, so every day on the job is different. I never know who will pop by my office or what I might be helping them with next!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I had a work study job in the admissions office in college and interned in a non profit organization helping students apply to college. Those experiences led me to apply to AmeriCorps positions with non profits doing college access work which eventually led me to pursue my masters degree in education.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Gain experience working with students! You want real life experience to talk about in an interview

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Religion/Religious Studies
graduate
Graduate
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Why are you majoring in religion? It doesn't lead to a clear career path."

My mom was right: my major (religious studies) did not lead to a direct career path in the same way that an architecture degree can lead to a career in architecture. But I was passionate and interested in the subject I was studying, which led to a really strong GPA. So I stuck with it and enjoyed my studies. More important than your major is the skills you will developed in college through internships, leadership roles, group projects, and jobs. Those things will carry a future job interview!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

My parents did not have money to help me pay for college - I had to work all through college, and every summer, to earn money to stay in school.