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Meet Barbara Batten Snavely

Learn more about Barbara Batten Snavely, Alumni (attended ISL 1963 to1964)

Barbara Batten Snavely

Where are you living now?
Greensboro, North Carolina

What did you do after you left ISL?
We were transferred to Wilmington, Delaware ( Dupont) and then in 1965 were transferred to Hamm, Germany.  We made 12 transfers in all when my dad worked for Dupont.  He was in the construction division

What did you study at University?
German BA, UNC-G ; MA Duke University

What are you doing now?  
President of Excel Wipers. A wiping cloth company 

What advantages has studying at ISL given you?
Living abroad gives you a much larger scope of the world and cultures.

What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at ISL?
Immerse yourself in the culture and travel as much as you can!

Were you involved in any clubs/activities at ISL? What did you enjoy about them and what benefit do you think they have for students?
There were no clubs back then because the school had just been founded  ( around my parents dining room table!) 

Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning:
Upon visiting ISL a few years ago I was impressed with all of the different programs that it now offers. The school has come so far since its humble beginnings!  Had it not been for the establishment and leadership of  the alumni club reaching out I would not have known how far this school has come.

How did your time at ISL help shape you as a person?
Looking back - since I was one of the first students - it made me realize that you can accomplish great things with determination.

What do you think is unique about ISL?
Its diversity 

Describe ISL in 5 words 
innovative, diverse, successful, embracing, prosperous







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