Beckett Schneider

current copywriter,
aspiring UX designer, artist, etc.

About

Beckett (Beck) Schneider (he/him) is a multifaceted designer based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from the suburbs of Philly, he is currently a third-year student in Drexel University's Custom-Designed Major program.

About

A former biomedical engineering and English major, Schneider's current program in Humanistic Communication and Interaction Design brings together communications, user experience and interaction design (UXID), and healthcare administration to leverage digital communication methods for designing web-based products that challenge society’s medicalization of the human experience.

About

Initially a writer by trade, Schneider is currently working as a Communications Assistant at Drexel's College of Engineering for his second co-op. He aspires to transfer the skillset he's gained from communications to UI/UX design, speaking to his clients' visions through his developing knowledge of design principles and computing. Schneider aspires to become a UX designer in the healthcare sector and improve user experiences for medical personnel and patients alike.

About

Schneider's path is greatly informed by his experiences as an autistic person. He is proudly disabled, trans, aromantic, asexual, and gay, and he hopes these experiences, in addition to his diverse educational background, will guide his design decisions and allow him to treat the users he designs for as human beings with their own real-life experiences.

Projects + Publications

Projects

For projects, please visit my LinkedIn project page.

Select Publications

A full list can be found on my LinkedIn publications page.

Drexel University College of Engineering (2024) - Commencement Speaker Finds Power in Personal Growth and Community Building

National Postdoctoral Association (2024) - Multi-Institutional Postdoc Recruitment – Lessons Learned from Philadelphia Postdoc Preview

Seeing Philadelphia (Atwater Kent x TRIPOD (Writers Room), 2023) - City Hall, to All or to None

Written as part of a year-long TRIPOD project in collaboration with the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel. Photographs taken by my fellow TRIPOD members were displayed at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) from Jul - Sept 2023 alongside archival images. More information can be found here.

Write Now Philly (2023) - The Joy of Making Something and The New Town Librarian: A Conversation with Kathy Anderson

Experience

College of Engineering (Drexel University), Communications Assistant (Apr 2024 - present)

As the current co-op student employee, I work on projects that promote the College of Engineering, Drexel University's flagship college boasting 2,700+ undergrad and grad students, as well as 200+ faculty members. I help manage the College's social media accounts by planning and scheduling content, promoting events, conducting outreach, copywriting, and taking photos. I'm also working on longer, web-based pieces as part of a series of commencement profiles highlighting the College's exceptional graduating seniors.

Drexel Writing Center, Peer Reader (Apr 2023 - present)

As a Peer Reader, I work closely with students on writing assignments for their courses, as well as resumes, applications, and a wide range of written content. My goal is to help students clarify and strengthen their writing for particular audiences and contexts, empowering them to become more confident writers. I have been featured on DWC's Instagram and podcast.

Experience

Office of the Provost (Drexel University), Copywriter and Content Strategist (Sept 2023 - Mar 2024)

As a student copywriter for the Provost's Office, I worked closely with the Strategic Communications team on internal communications that aligned with the University's strategic initiatives, as outlined by the Drexel 2030 plan.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (Drexel University), Communications and Marketing Assistant (Apr 2023 - Sept 2023)

As a co-op student employee, I worked on projects that helped provide valuable resources to Drexel's postdoc population, such as articles, newsletters, and an annual report for the Office.

Drexel Publishing Group, Intern (Jan 2023 - Mar 2023)

Via the Drexel University course WRIT 405 (Internship in Publishing), I wrote articles for Write Now Philly, profiled a student in the Creative Writing MFA program, and served as a copyeditor for The 33rd, an annual anthology of student and faculty writing.

Extracurricular

Sigma Tau Delta, Student Member (Apr 2024 - present)

Sigma Tau Delta is an invitation-only, international English honors society that recognizes outstanding achievement in English literature, language, and writing, and aims to serve society by fostering literacy. Although I no longer major in English, I hope to carry an emphasis on language, writing, and humanistic perspective into my newfound career path in user experience.After being invited in April 2024, I was officially inducted as a member of the Omicron Rho chapter at Drexel University in May 2024.

Writers Room, Member and TRIPOD Writer-in-Residence (Jan 2023 - present)

I took Drexel's Writers Room Experience course (WRIT 290) in the winter of 2023, during which I began participating in TRIPOD, a collaborative, intergenerational photography/creative writing program. As a TRIPOD Writer-in-Residence, I attend weekly writing and photography workshops facilitated by fellow TRIPOD members and local writers and scholars. In addition to Drexel students, TRIPOD includes alumni, students from Paul Robeson High School, and local community members.

Maya Literary Magazine, Staff Member (Jun 2022 - present), Event Coordinator (Sept 2023 - present)

My role as a staff member during the 2022-23 school year involved reading and voting on student submissions, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing, art, and photography, to select which pieces would be published in the 2023 edition of Maya. I also assisted with copyediting accepted submissions.

As the Event Coordinator for the 2023-24 school year, I'm working with my fellow officers to reorganize our staff in ways that will foster a more conductive environment following issues with communication and passive participation. We are hoping to relaunch the magazine in 2025.