Fourth-year Geographic Analysis student, Melissa Snable at the intersection of Yonge and Dundas.
For Melissa Snable, you might say geography is all in the family. She is in her final year of Geographic Analysis at Ryerson University and her parents have built successful careers in the field. Ryerson too runs in the family. Melissa’s mother and father both studied Applied Geography at the university, and married after graduating together in 1987.
“They didn’t push me into Geography or Ryerson,” Melissa explains. “Believe it or not, it really happened organically. I learned about possible careers because of what they were doing, spent time working with my dad, and heard about how great Ryerson was from their stories. Of course, they didn’t discourage my choice either!”
This year, Melissa received help and encouragement from what might be deemed her extended Ryerson family. Her volunteer work and involvement as vice-president of the Student Association of Geographic Analysis (SAGA) led to her nomination for the 2016 Applied Geography Alumni Award.
“In my second year I got ‘voluntold’ by a friend to do events for SAGA,” says Melissa. “It was one of the best things that could have happened to me.”
In 2014 and 2015, Melissa was also the recipient of the Environics Analytics Outstanding Achievement Scholarship and the Environics Analytics Exemplary Service and Community Award respectively. “I really appreciate the alumni and donors who make awards possible,” she says. “An award is acknowledgement of hard work. Being recognized makes you put in that extra effort that helps you push through those late nights and earlier mornings studying and working on projects. The support makes a real difference.”
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