Student Spotlight: Austin Schnell

Austin Schnell sitting the shade of magnolia trees on the USAO campus

Student Spotlight: Austin Schnell


Austin Schnell has been one of our campus’ most well-known young professionals and leaders – some of his many involvements include being co-president of PRISM for two years, a social coach for USAO’s Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity PEERS program, and a student clinician in the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic.

A senior speech-language pathology major, Schnell will be graduating at the end of the spring 2018 semester, a year early, “thanks to the summer trimester fastTrack program,” his dedication, and his hard work. Schell is not only grateful for his education at USAO, but also for the life skills and perspective he’s gained here. He appreciates that he’s been taught how to think critically, “admire other areas of study, to communicate [his] thoughts and beliefs in a mature and educated way,” and most importantly that he’s “learned how to admire the beauty in everyone, and to never accept that someone is ‘incapable’ of reaching success—you just have to adjust the path.”

His speech-language pathology education, while challenging, has taught him that he is able to do anything he sets his mind to and has given him the motivation to push through the tough times to achieve his goals. “I will always be reminded to push past difficult tasks and to get it done, because someone needs the help that I can give them,” said Schnell.

After his imminent graduation, Schell plans to pursue his master's in social work at the University of Oklahoma. From there he “would like to use [his] social work degree to work on strengthening the acceptance and pride of adolescents who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, including those who are homeless.”