Feature- Aaron Schnoor

How did you end up at Campbell?

I have two older sisters that both went to Campbell. One was a music major here; one was a biology major, and so when I was young, I would come and visit them.  I love the community at Campbell, I love the atmosphere and how friendly everyone was.   When I was looking at colleges while I was in high school, I knew that Campbell was my number 1 pick, but I wasn’t sure if I could financially afford it.  I came here for a scholarship competition, ended up getting a decent scholarship, and that was able to pave the way for me to go to Campbell.  That’s how I ended up here, and I’ve loved it ever since I stepped foot on campus. 

Do you have a favorite memory of your time here?

The Christmas tree lighting is probably my favorite memory.  SGA, which I’m involved with, always hosts the Christmas tree lighting every November.  That’s a pretty big event that takes a lot of planning and a lot of time, but its always fun to see the students come out and get free t-shirts and hot chocolate, and everyone is just so happy to be there.

Can you talk more about how you got involved with SGA, and what your current role with SGA looks like?

When I was a freshman at Campbell, I was writing for the student newspaper- The Campbell Times.  My first assignment as a writer was to cover the fall inductions for SGA.  I went to the fall inductions, and I saw all the sophomores, juniors, and seniors get inducted into SGA.  I thought “wow, that’s a pretty cool organization, maybe I’d like to be part of that.”  I found out that the freshmen inductions were happening the next week, so I asked a friend to nominate me.  My friend nominated me for the position of freshmen class president, so I campaigned for that and ended up getting it.  I fell in love with SGA.  It’s a great organization to help the campus, help students, and make good changes to our university.  After being freshman class president, I was the sophomore class president last year.  I am the student body vice president this year, and next year I’ll consider running for president. 

Have you had a favorite class at Campbell? Or favorite teacher maybe? 

I would say my favorite teacher is Jimmy Witherspoon from the Trust department.  Mr. Witherspoon has been teaching at Campbell for close to 40 years.  He’s a wonderful professor, and everyone in the department thinks of him as their grandfather.

What do you like to do in you free time?

I like to write. I like to read.  I like to hang out with friends.  I love playing baseball, throwing the football, throwing frisbee.  I’m trying to get into running.  My girlfriend is on the track/cross country team, so she’s convinced me to go out and run with her, and eventually do a marathon. 

Do you have any advice for underclassmen to be successful here/make the most of their time at Campbell?

I’d say just take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.  When someone asks you to help out with an event, or an organization is hosting an event on campus, take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people.  Try to make as many friends at Campbell while you’re here, because I think those friendships you make here will last a long time, and that network you have is going to help you in your career and in your own personal life after you graduate. 

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m majoring in Trust and Wealth and Econ, so I’ll probably end up working in the financial industry, possibly with a bank, or on the investment side with an investment firm or some sort of wealth management center.  Long term, I also want to write, whether that’s writing novels or writing for a newspaper. We’ll see, maybe that could be a side career. 

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