Ruby Snieder has changed immensely from the small, Midwestern girl she was just a few years ago. During a recent interview, I learned much about the Women’s Resident Director (RD) from Providence Christian College. “I think college was so incredibly valuable that I wanted to have other people have that same experience,” Ruby said about her decision to become an RD. This desire to help others seems to be the driving force of her future plans. When asked what she wants to pursue after her work at Providence she told me she’d love to go into counseling, and ultimately run her own counseling center. “I love talking to people, especially if it involves getting coffee and lunch.”
Her outgoing personality was a nice complement to her Resident Assistant (RA) job while she was attending Providence as a student. She said being an RA was challenging, but it was “the best thing I’ve ever done. I wouldn’t trade my experiences.” However, it wasn’t always easy. Ruby emphasized that it had its testing moments. She said she was amazed about the “range of things that you wouldn’t think that you would have to deal with at a small college.” Learning how to be a good listener was the greatest skill she learned.
Some of her future plans also involve getting married and having one or two kids, but she doesn’t want to raise them in her Iowan hometown. “I don’t like the cold and mosquitoes,” she added, while mentioning how small the town was. She now prefers California, but still enjoys going to Iowa because her family continues to reside there. While at home she enjoys getting into touch with her Dutch heritage and visiting her Grandma’s house for Sunday lunch. Other family traditions involve doing work around the house on holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day, and eating clam chowder on Christmas Eve.
If you can’t find Ruby working on campus, you will most likely find her reading in her apartment. If you get the chance, I would recommend striking up a discussion about some of her favorite TV Shows (I Love Lucy, Big Bang Theory) or pet peeves (whistlers be warned!). As I walked away from the interview I felt I had a deeper understanding of the only woman RD at Providence Christian College. Ruby is a woman who loves people and takes her job seriously.