By Caroline Ledoux
Roosevelt High School
She may not know where she wants to go to college, but 17-year-old Rachel Schneider has no doubt about which career she will pursue. She is desperate to make an impact on society, and that’s where her interest in journalism comes from.
“Journalism allows me to foster my great curiosity and interest in current events in combination with my enthusiasm for writing,” the Great Neck South High School senior said.
Rachel’s mother, Debbie Schneider, said she’s always had a zest for life. She describes her daughter as “adventurous, hard-working and loquacious.” Her mother also said she’s inquisitive and honest.
Rachel said she’s passionate in everything she does. She’s proven her passion through her commitment to local media.
“I put a 100 percent effort in everything I do,” she said.
Rachel developed her love for writing in the ninth grade while producing entertainment, news and arts stories for the school newspaper, The Southerner. She is currently the editor-in-chief and section editor. She previously wrote for her local newspaper, The Great Neck Record, and is currently an intern at her local TV station, the Public Access TV.
Rachel credits her writing ability to the support of her family and her journalism teacher, Jennifer Hastings. “Ms. Hastings taught me everything I know,” Rachel said.
Besides writing, one of Rachel’s major interests is food. She owns an Instagram account entirely dedicated to her love of food. Her Instagram account, @_thefoodstagram, has over 1,000 followers and she uploads content daily. “My Instagram relates to my love of journalism because I love writing about food,” Rachel said.
Rachel said she believes that journalists play an integral and interesting part in American society today. As a journalist, she said, “you are given the responsibility to share news and inform the world in a compelling yet objective way. A journalist must [share information] in order to allow the public to form their own opinions.”
She believes that the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, which she found while searching online for a journalism internship, will be a stepping stone in furthering her knowledge of journalism and pursuing her career aspirations.
“This internship,” she said, “will give me the opportunity to share, learn and work with different students who all share the same passion.”