Danny Schindler, Student Services Coordinator (Crawford)
Education: My Bachelor of Science: Communication Major and Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Emphasis, Religious Studies Minor is from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science: Counseling and Student Personel and College Student Affairs Emphasis here at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
What I like about being a SSC: I enjoy the fresh change of pace and new challenges associated with this position. In my previous positions on campus, there has been more of a people-centered approach, leading meetings, event planning, or working with advising. Having more of an administrative focus attached, allows me to work on developing a supervision style that can transition into this role. The positive networking and communication skills that I continue to gain, allows me to feel represented and valued throughout Residential Life and the community.
Student Connections:Being a first-generation college student has taught me the importance of education and how difficult it can be for some students to be successful in a college setting. I try to use this position to bridge this gap, finding out ways in which I can help struggling populations or transitional students feel that college is a welcoming place for them. I love to learn about everyone's stories and help guide them in ways that are beneficial to this story. Although I am happy to be gaining additional administrative skills, I'm thankful that there is still plenty of opportunities to be able to interact interpersonally with students and staff, achieving goals that can expand outside of the Hall.
Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: My favorite memory in this position has been supervising the What's on Wednesday (WOW), Crawford Derby (similar to scouting derby track races). I enjoyed being able to watch each floor's creativity thrive as each derby car was raced and judged based on standing and design. Watching everyone get competitive and motivated to make the best derby car possible, made me feel that I was doing something that could help students feel comfortable in Crawford Residence Community while putting a face behind the SSC position in the process. Looking forward to next year's derby already!
Professional Development: Working in this position allows me to work on many skills that continue to further my interest in student affairs: team building and individual growth, supervisory experience, diversity training, and also administrative improvement. In addition to these focuses, there are additional development sessions and conferences that I am able to also attend, helping me tailor this position towards my future.
Position Balance and Academics: I have found that the staff here prioritize academics over all-else. Since you can't help others unless you continually help yourself, I have found that this position is one that I can work around my schedule as a graduate student. This allows me to stay busy but also productive in how I use my time.
My Professional Dream: My professional dream is to earn my Master's degree and work somewhere within the higher education system. I'm not entirely sure yet whether that will be in Academic Advising, Counseling, or along-side Residential Life. I would like to focus on helping first-generation and non-traditional students, navigate and feel understood at the university.