Northeast Territory

Name: Stephanie Snyder
Recruiting Region: Northeast Territory:
Northeast Missouri (county lists below), Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio
E-mail: smsnyder@ccis.edu
Phone: (573) 875-7351
Office: Missouri Hall, RM 137

About Me

  • Hometown: Columbia
  • High school attended: Home
  • Undergraduate institution: Columbia College
  • Degree/major: Bachelor of Art in Art (minors in Education and Art History)

What are some of your favorite things to do in Columbia?
Columbia has so many things to offer their residents, I am finding it difficult knowing where to begin.  However, I absolutely adore downtown Columbia, also known as The District.  We have so many remarkable, locally owned shops, cafes, restaurants, art, galleries, boutiques, music venues, pubs and more that you just never know what you are going to find when you are out and about!  There are several places I like to dine but I will narrow this post to my top three.  Thip Thai on Broadway is extraordinary, the owner buys the veggies fresh, makes the sauces by hand, and doesn’t even have a freezer; seriously that is how fresh the food is!  Another favorite is Main Squeeze Natural Foods CafĂ© and Juice Bar, they offer an array of vegan and vegetarian dishes that are packed with flavor that just rocks.  And no trip to Columbia is complete without a stop at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, they have such a diverse menu that there is something on there for even the pickiest of eaters.  All three are locally owned and operated, which is something that is near and dear to my heart!

Favorite outdoor activity:
I really enjoy being outside, be that running, biking, hiking or whatever and Columbia has numerous parks and trails that are great for any of those activities.  Stephen’s Lake Park is just a short walk from campus and has two great running trails, several recreational pavilions, large hills and great views.  Several festivals are hosted there throughout the year too such as Art in the Park and the Roots n’ Blues n’ BBQ Festival, both draw crowds from all over the US.  Again, there is always something going on in this town!

People would be surprised to know that…
I have a degree in art from Columbia College and am married to a pastor.  When I’m not helping students figure out and obtain their college goals I am very involved in my local community.  I really enjoy volunteering, planning community wide events, and every Wednesday night, as long as there is not a college fair, I have a room full of kiddos waiting for me to teach them something wonderful.

What advice would you give students about choosing a college?
When we are reviewing for scholarships, a lot of times, we are going to be reviewing students based on the transcript they send in at the beginning of their senior year.  So if you are a student reading this: finish strong your junior year, because that is the GPA we are going to be see! (Granted, we are pretty splendid and we re-review you when you send in your final transcript, but still, we want you to be eligible for as much as possible as soon as possible, so I’m being honest now.)  Also, apply for scholarships!  As many of them as you possibly can; in your community, at your school, through corporations, just take an hour a week every week of your senior year and fill out the applications!  Oh and consider competing at our Scholarship Day here at CC, we give out some pretty sizeable scholarships to those students who compete at Scholarship Days, including a few full-ride scholarships!  So in essence, take your time, do some research, ask questions and remember we are here to help you!

What were your favorite activities or organizations in college and why?
My favorite actives were not always your typical campus activities, I just loved being with my friends.  Be that when we were doing an art club planned activity, hanging out downtown, working in the printmaking studio, going to Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream for the best ice cream ever, or going to one of the planned campus-wide events on campus.  I just loved being involved and doing things with people.  Find people you like, hang out and do stuff, that’s what makes memories and makes college, college. 

What makes Columbia College different?
The environment, this is created by our location in downtown Columbia and the faculty, staff, students, and community of Columbia.  Columbia as a town is an incredible place to go to college, and then to live if you so choose.  Additionally, the faculty are phenomenal!  They have each chosen to be here and want to teach our students full time.  This isn’t something they do on the side, this is their career and the career they have chosen and while we have chosen them, they also chose CC.  They genuinely care for their students and their success and well being.  The staff that Columbia College hires are some of the kindest people you will ever encounter, they want to help you be successful and do everything they can to enable you to accomplish your goals. That combination, in my opinion, is fantastic and sets Columbia College apart from other institutions.

My Region: Northeast Territory





Missouri counties: Adair, Audrain, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan

Other states: Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio

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