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Recipient Profile - Kristen

KRISTEN SCHINDLER

HOMETOWN: 
Caldwell, NJ

COLLEGE OF ENROLLMENT: 
New Jersey Institute of Technology

MAJOR: 
Masters of Architecture

CURRENT AGE & PROJECTED AGE UPON GRADUATION YEAR: 
Current Age:27
Age at Graduation: 29

HERO POWERS: 
As simple as it seems, I believe my hero power would be to just keep moving forward. To keep moving forward allow for me to get to the wonderful things life has to offer and to move forward from the terrible things. While I was sick, sometimes it was very difficult to get through some days, but you do. And you wake up the next day, and it’s a new day.

PASSIONS/HOBBIES: 
Architecture, softball and being active, art and painting, the outdoors, and travel

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS AND 10 YEARS AFTER COLLEGE GRADUATION: 
5 years after graduating from my masters I see myself working at an architectural firm, still learning and forming strong professional relationships. I also see myself with a family and balancing career and work in a healthy way. 10 years after graduation I hope to be on my way to practicing architecture more independently, and focusing on projects that focus on the public realm and social issues. 

 

TOP 3 LIFE GOALS and HOW WILL YOU ACHIEVE THEM:
1 -To always continue to learn and push myself, both personally and professionally.
2 - To one day be able to carry out my own designs on architectural projects, through hard work and dedication to the architectural profession.
3 - To be happy, by trusting myself and following my passions.


BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY(S) FROM YOUR CANCER EXPERIENCE:My biggest take away is  that I am not just one thing. I am a cancer survivor, and it is a big part of who I am, but it does not define me. It has taken me a long time to see myself as more than just a cancer survivor, but rather a whole person with many parts. I am a cancer survivor, an artist, an aspiring architect, and an athlete. It is okay to be many things.