Here’s everything you need to know about me. My interests, passions and involvement.
Hi! I am Abby Schindel and I am a Sophomore at Drake University. I have a double major in Digital Media Production and Advertising with a minor in Business Studies and a Leadership Concentration. It is a mouthful but I am passionate about each of these and I love how connected they all are.
I am from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which is just outside Minneapolis. I am a Minnetonka High School graduate and was very involved in my high school’s newspaper, Breezes, the Minnetonka Choir Program and, The Digital Journalism VANTAGE Program. VANTAGE is a professional business course and you can read more about it here. Through the newspaper and VANTAGE, I was able to find my love for digital journalism and a passion for storytelling.
At Drake, I was a part of the Drake Mag, a student publication, where I was the assistant online editor. I edited stories and helped my managing editor with a complete update to our website. I am a part of Delta Gamma, a social sorority on campus, and was elected as the Director of Special Events for 2021. In this position, I will be able to plan social events. You can read more about my journey to Drake here.
My Family and Experiences
At home, I grew up with my mom, dad, and younger sister by my side. I am so grateful to them for supporting me through everything in life. I have also had the opportunity to travel to some pretty amazing places with them. My favorites so far have been France and Hawaii. You can see some of my favorite photos from those trips in my portfolio. Greece and Norway are on my bucket list for places to go before I die. My mom’s side of the family is from Norway, so I have always wanted to go. My favorite movie, Mamma Mia, takes place in Greece and I am hoping to live out my Mamma Mia dream.
I have always been trying to experience new things and I think traveling is a great way to do that. I’ve been able to try surfing, which I am just terrible at, in Hawaii. I also got to see whales, which is one of my favorite memories since whales are my favorite animals. You can read about that crazy obsession here.
I was able to be an exchange student in France for two weeks. There are so many more unique experiences, these are two that stuck out most.
How These Influence My Interests
My exposure to new cultures and people during these travels has also had a huge influence in my passion for storytelling and journalism. I had always been interested in people’s personal stories and what has impacted their life most and through these travels and my work in high school and college led me to journalism. One day, I want to talk to people all around the country and the world about the experiences and maybe I will be able to put these into digital content. My one hope for myself in terms of a career is to never be bored. If I am going to dedicate so much time to a job, I better be doing something I love.
For more information about my work, visit my LinkedIn.