About Chris - Class of 2014
From: Port Washington, New York
High School: Schreiber High School
Academic Interests: Communication Studies, Spanish
Extra-curricular Interests: Resident Adviser for Scholte Hall, Admission Ambassador, Orientation Leader
While at Central, more than 1,000 miles separates senior Chris Schissel ‘14 from his hometown of Port Washington, N.Y. Despite living only 25 miles east of New York City, Schissel has roots in Iowa.
His mother and relatives are originally from Iowa, so Schissel has spent many holidays in the Midwest. While visiting family the summer before his senior year of high school, his mom encouraged him to check out Central’s campus.
“I knew that I wanted to get out of New York for college,” Schissel says. “It was a great opportunity to live in another part of the country, so when it came down to a school in New York and Central, I knew which one I really wanted to go to.”
The communications studies major and Spanish minor says that transitioning to Iowa wasn’t as difficult as he expected. Although he grew up near a major city, coming to Central was an easy choice.
“My hometown is very different from Pella,” says Schissel. “It’s not that big of a town, but people aren’t as laid back in New York. In general, people are friendlier in Iowa. The biggest adjustment was getting used to how spread out the towns are here. Other than that, the transition went pretty smoothly.”
Since joining the Central community, Schissel played tennis for two years and is an resident adviser (RA) in Scholte Hall where he helps students with any questions they have during the year. He also plans activities for the residents on his floor, which foster relationships between students.
“I really enjoy building the community,” he says. “My floor was all freshmen, and I think it was one of the strongest communities on campus. All of them were really close. I enjoy putting on the programs for them, and they are always social and outgoing. I really like being an RA.”
Aside from advising his floormates, Schissel works in the admission office where he gets to meet the future generations of Central students and give tours of campus. Last year he interned with NASDAQ stock exchange during the summer in New York City and with the Pella Opera House in the spring as a marketing and public relations intern in hopes of gaining experience in the field since his future ambitions are to work in marketing or broadcasting.
Schissel is looking forward to finishing his final year at Central—Iowa has been his home away from home for three years, so leaving is bittersweet.
“I am excited to graduate,” he says. “Central has taught me a lot about myself and who I can be. I have so many great memories from Central, and it truly has been an amazing experience. Central has opened up my eyes for opportunities in the future that I never would have considered before.”