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Sanford School grad turns passion for childcare into degree

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Kenedy Schneeberger

April 20, 2020

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Kenedy Schneeberger, a family and human development major graduating with honors from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, talks about studying family structures, and the importance of opening up and being well organized.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in? 

Answer: As a child, I always thought that I wanted to be an OB/GYN or labor and delivery nurse due to my passion of loving babies and children. As a teenager I was always babysitting or putting in time at my childcare job, because I truly enjoyed interacting with young kids and their families. When I started my ASU application process, I had no interest in attending nursing school or working to become a doctor, so I started to explore other options. I came across the family and human development major and upon researching it further, I knew that it was the one for me. It has been the best decision that I could have made!

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: While at ASU, I found great interest in studying family dynamics and the way in which people interact. Prior to my education, I was unaware of the multitude of family structures and the diversity among them. However, engaging in my studies changed my perspective. Working with families is something that I will be doing throughout my career and it is important for me to be aware of these dynamics.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: As someone who is extremely close with my family, I could not get myself to move far from home. ASU was a great school within 30 minutes of my family and that was perfect for me!

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: While I have had many amazing professors at ASU, Dr. Laura Hanish taught me to always ask questions and seek help when needed. Before her class, I was shy and felt embarrassed to ask for help, however, being in her research methods class forced me to open up and realize the importance of seeking assistance when needed. By doing so, I was able to fully take advantage of her course and further improve my knowledge.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: The best piece of advice that I have to offer to those still in school is to use a planner and avoid procrastinating. Using a planner allowed me to keep track of my assignments and encouraged me to avoid procrastination. By working on projects early, I was able to feel much more at ease throughout the week of the due date. Organization is key!

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: The Memorial Union was my favorite spot on campus to decompress between classes with my friends. With the abundant amount of food options and seating areas, there was a diverse range of places to hang out.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: After graduation, I will be attending ASU’s Master of Social Work program in downtown Phoenix. I am joining the program in hopes of becoming a social worker within a hospital or working with grief.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: There are many vulnerable children, adults and families within our population that are unable to receive services such as proper medical care, nutrition, housing and education. I would choose to put the $40 million towards funding to provide more resources and services for these individuals.

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