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Erin '11 & Meredith '11 Schneider
The Schneider twins graduated from USD in January 2011 with matching BAs in Communication Studies. After moving home to Kansas City, the ladies decided to pursue their joint side project: DoubleTake Productions, a fledgling multimedia company, while in pursuit of corporate ventures.
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
M: I have lived in both Kansas City (Missouri) and NYC, writing editorial and creating social media campaigns for a range of companies in the entertainment industries. I have also had the privilege of participating in the co-creation of DoubleTake Productions with Erin, a company that specializes in photography and videography, but dabbles in so much more! I've kept it creative and am working on several book projects as well.
E: I have stationed myself in Kansas City, and have been working in the Marketing Department for a movie theatre chain. I recently got engaged! But DoubleTake is my baby. We actually started it in the creation of our final film project at USD. Still photography is where we spend most of our time right now, but we are hoping to really focus on video production in the coming months.
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
M: It was the relationships with our educators that ultimately led to such a bittersweet farewell when we graduated a year and a half early from that beautiful, amazing place. I must say, sticking my tongue out and winking at several professors as I made my way across the stage at graduation was the ultimate testimony to the comfort level I was able to develop in my time there.
E: Knowing people all across campus. Feeling comfortable in my learning environment (especially in the Communication Studies department). Opportunities to travel to the UK AND Sundance for class and having class outdoors in San Diego? All of those and so many more!
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
E: The floor in front of the living room window in the Vistas! It had the best view of campus with the ocean behind it AND the sunset. It was also smack dab in the center of the Vistas parking lot. My roommate and I would have the greatest time people watching and sending people "I C U" texts.
M: As beautiful as the views are across the campus, I am still partial to Aromas. I spent a lot of time developing friendships, testing peoples' patience, avoiding the sun, and dancing awkwardly in that place.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
M: The entire Communication Studies Department just really hit it out of the park. It's great to realize that I have maintained contact with so many influential figures on campus because they appreciate the important of communication and can see the importance of every individual student they teach.
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
M: We have donated money, kept up-to-date with athletics and other programs, involved ourselves with the Alumni Association, and have educated future college students on the perks of being a Torero!
E: We are also trying to talk our younger brother into attending USD. Bought him a Torero Golf tee the last time I was in the bookstore...
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
M: Don't think that your best years are behind you. Experience everything you can--join clubs, go to sporting events, and be encouraging to the people around you.
E: And don't let anyone tell you NO. Just know that whatever you want will take hard work and persistence. And happiness is a choice :)
Sonya Sparks '05
Sonya graduated from USD in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration. Since her days in Alcala Park, she opened an art gallery in downtown San Diego representing contemporary artwork to support the local art community.