Each week, Evolve502 is introducing members of the Student Success Team. Members of the Student Success Team serve as liaisons with JCPS high schools and work directly with Evolve502 Scholarship applicants to help students complete the application process and prepare for college. This week, meet Ariel Snow, who joined Evolve502 in 2022.
Name: Ariel Snow
Title: I am a student success coordinator. I’m addition to helping students with the scholarship, I plan events for our Black Evolve502 scholars and connect them to resources.
Hometown: Lexington, KY. Go Cats!
Education:I attended Murray State University where I got a degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish. I also attended the University of Louisville where I got my M.Ed in College Student Personnel.
What led you to Evolve502?I love working at Evolve502 because it aligns with my passion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. Our scholarship addresses access barriers in the city of Louisville and I enjoy being able to help our youth reach their education goals.
What’s the best part of your job? I love graduation time! Watching students accomplish a major life goal and graduation from high school is so special and such an exciting time. I am always a huge cheerleader for my students during that time!
What advice do you have for students who are considering their college and career options for post high school? Take some time to talk with people around you about their paths. This can be family members, teachers/counselors in your school, or community members. You will realize that no one has the same path to college and career which means your path will be tailored made for you!
What is your number one tip for students going through the Evolve502 application process? Even if you think you have your college plans, apply anyway! You never know what plans may change and having an application on file has saved so many students who needed to pivot at the last minute.
What do you wish you had known when you started college that would have better prepared you for the experience? I wish I would have known that it was okay to not know my “dream job” right away or even what major I wanted. I was someone who changed my major a million times which brought on its own challenges. Its okay if you start school without a major because so many experiences in college will show you what you want to do with your life.
What is one random/fun fact about you? I really like crafting and DIYing! If its painting, crocheting, sewing, resin art, wood working, basically anything, I really love doing it! I’ve made my own table from scratch and event had my own crafting business! My favorite thing I’ve made was a crochet Toad outfit for my son! He won 5th place in a costume contest for the Louisville Arcade Expo!