Georgia Southern University holds a special place in the hearts of newlyweds and alumni Marc Snyder (‘07) and wife Erin (‘08).
Not only were they students at the University when they met in August 2006, but their experiences at Georgia Southern instilled a True Blue spirit in them so deep they didn’t leave for their destination wedding at Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland on May 24, without it. The Canton, Ga., residents have also adorned their new home with a Georgia Southern flag to boast their Eagle Spirit to passersby.
“I will forever bleed blue and white and I am constantly running into alumni who come up and say hello to me whenever they see me wearing Georgia Southern gear,” Erin said. “Georgia Southern was the best college experience that I never knew I could have. I am so glad I was able to get such a great education and experience where I made lifelong friends.”
Marc agreed, saying attending Georgia Southern “was by far the best experience and I wouldn’t trade it to go to any other school. GSU is a fast growing school, but you wouldn’t know it by the small feel of the campus and classes, and you can’t find the football game experience anywhere else like at Georgia Southern.”
Both Marc and Erin credit their experiences at the University for helping with their new careers, making lifelong friends and receiving a quality education.
“I think my education from Georgia Southern was top notch. I still use what I learned in my current job,” said Erin, who is a student nurse extern at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. “I also feel like I was so involved when I was at Georgia Southern and it has allowed me to have an ease with balancing tasks in everyday life now.”
While at Georgia Southern, Erin stayed involved with the athletic training program and was a student athletics trainer with the volleyball, softball and football teams. She was involved with Campus Recreation and Intramurals (CRI) and the Recreation Activities Center (RAC). Some of Erin’s best memories, though, were during her time as a SOAR leader during the summer of 2005.
“I made lifelong friends that summer and still keep in touch with them,” she said. “SOAR taught me so much about Georgia Southern history, present and future. That was when I really fell in love with Georgia Southern.”
Marc credits his involvement in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Georgia Southern chapter with his current role as a project engineer at the civil engineering company Paulson Mitchell Inc. in Roswell, Ga.
“Being a part of ASCE definitely helped me because it was a good way to teach me leadership that I used later on in my career where I helped coordinate projects and worked with city and county officials,” Marc said. “It also helped me by giving me connections within the engineering field when I began looking for my current job.”
Memories at Paulson Stadium are some that Marc will cherish forever.
“I had a group of friends that would all get together and tailgate before the games, and sit in the same seats every game, which we still do to this day and I’m looking forward to the season coming up,” he said.
And just what does the University mean to the Snyders?
“Georgia Southern means walking on Sweetheart Circle in the summer with Marc, working in the athletic training room with all the student athletes in Hanner Fieldhouse, working out at the RAC and seeing all your friends,” Erin said. “It means scorekeeping flag football games at the intramural fields and watching your friends play, going to football games to cheer on the greatest team on earth and teaching all of the freshman why Georgia Southern is the greatest time of your life at SOAR.”
“From the beautiful campus and small classrooms to the fun and huge football game days, Georgia Southern is an incredible place to be,” Marc added. “GATA EAGLES!”