Hometown: Pickerington, OhioOrganizations & Activities: Student Involvement Intern, President of Student Senate
Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I chose Ohio Dominican because I saw a University with a smaller population, which meant I could potentially leave a mark and feel part of a tight-knit community. I wanted to go somewhere that would allow me to feel at home, and the ODU’s atmosphere has definitely done that for me.
How do you stay involved at ODU?
I’ve made it a personal goal to be involved on campus because it gives me a chance to give back to my school and connect and network with people. It also gives me a sense of purpose and direction.
Have you participated in any internships?
I had an opportunity to intern in ODU’s Student Involvement office. This was a wonderful experience and I encourage every student to participate in an internship. The skills and knowledge you gain are invaluable!
What organizations do you participate in, and what have you gained from them?
As president of Student Senate, I have gained skills in communication and leadership. Through my experiences in Senate and during my internship, I have participated in several conferences that have taught me how to be a leader, how to help others be successful, and why it is important to be involved on campus.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering attending ODU?
ODU is a place you can make your own. If you have an idea for a club, you can start it! If you think something needs to be changed, you can be the advocate for change! ODU is a place where the student voice is heard, valued and appreciated.
What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
The moments I cherish the most are the uneventful nights in the dorms when the doors are left open, everybody crams into one room and we all eat pizza. The dorm life will always be priceless.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school and pursuing a master’s degree in a Higher Education program. I want to work with students and help them to find success in college.
What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?
As an intern in the Student Involvement Office, I worked with ODU’s Office of Marketing and Public Relations last fall to design posters that feature students and how they stay involved on campus. It required me to think about the benefits of being involved in college, and how it can help students be more successful.
This also offered me an opportunity to give back to a university that has given so much to me. I developed certain values from this experience that I think will help me in my career as I work with college students.
What sets ODU apart from other universities you could have attended?
ODU has given me a voice. My suggestions or concerns have not simply been written down and tossed in a pile. I’ve seen real change happen in front of me. I feel that out of all the other schools I could have attended, ODU has offered me the best opportunity to have an impact.
How proud are you to be an ODU student?
I am not only proud to be an ODU student, but also humbled. I have learned so much from the amazing people I have met here. They have forever changed me.
The ODU community is uplifting and I made relationships not only with students, but also faculty, administration and staff. I look forward to bringing my Panther identity with me as I embark in future endeavors and I hope I can share the fruits of my ODU education with others.