CHADRON – Tierra Snyder of Beatrice, Nebraska, is the Project Strive/TRiO December Student of the Month.
Snyder, a business management major, knew of Chadron State College at an early age and decided after growing up in astern Nebraska, it was time to branch out.
“My sophomore year of high school I decided that I wanted to go away from home. Chadron was on the other side of the state, and it had the small college feel I was looking for, so it was a perfect fit,” Snyder said.
Snyder is active within CSC campus life, as well as the community.
She is part of the Student Senate and Campus Activities Board (CAB), participating in the Parking Committee and Activities Fee Board (AFB). She is also the CAB rep for Phi Beta Lambda, secretary for The Nest and a member of Xi Delta Zeta.
Outside of campus, Snyder works part-time as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Chadron Community Hospital and does work-study at the Northwest Community Partnership.
With such a busy schedule on campus, Snyder believes scheduling and the right people make her community participation possible.
“I’ve met so many nice people at the hospital and partnership. My schedule is pretty busy on campus, so it helps that they are so flexible and understanding with my time,” Snyder said.
Snyder’s favorite class so far is Aging and Death (FCS 320) taught by Russ Seger.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and watching movies. Her career goal is to become a nurse practitioner, but regardless of the position Snyder wants to be involved in the medical field.
“I’m majoring in business, but I want get into an accelerated nursing program after I get my degree. If that does not happen, I would still like to do something in the medical field, probably on the administrative side,” Snyder said.
Jennifer Schaer, director of Project Strive/TRiO, works with Snyder frequently. Even though Snyder has a full schedule, Schaer sees how she makes time for everything.
“Tierra is very organized. She is part of Senate and CAB and also works two jobs. She enjoys being busy and being involved. Tierra also makes times for her friends and family. Others have seen how busy she is and that she is great at balancing everything going on in her life,” Schaer said.
While Snyder enjoys Project Strive for many reasons, one reason stands out.
“I love the people there. They are very honest with you and help with just about anything. It is nice to go in and socialize, because you can talk to everyone and know they care about you,” Snyder said.
—Conor P. Casey, Graduate Assistant