Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.Organizations & Activities: Resident
Assistant, Volleyball Team Manager, and Kappa Delta Pi International Education
Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
My first reason for choosing
to attend ODU was so I could be close to my mother’s family. However, after
spending the night during orientation weekend, I quickly realized there were
many more reasons I wanted to be a Panther. While walking around, I fell in
love with the campus and the small-community vibe.
After moving onto campus in
the fall of 2011, I realized that my decision to attend ODU was the right one.
My professors knew who I was, I made friends quickly and I was learning so
much about who I was as an individual.
ODU is the perfect school for me and I
couldn't be happier with my decision!
How do you stay involved at
It’s really easy to stay
involved at ODU. There are always events and programs going on, and it is hard
NOT to find something to do.
I have been a resident assistant for the past two
years, which has offered me many opportunities to be involved in the ODU
community. I host programs every semester and attend many of my co-workers’ programs
I have made so many great memories as an RA and the friendships I
have made will continue well past college.
you participated in any internships?
Each year, I have participated
in observation hours in classrooms all over Columbus. These experiences have
really helped mold me into a better teacher and role model for my future
students. These placements also have shown me how to apply the information I
learned in the classroom. This has been a great way to connect what I learn in
the classroom with real-world scenarios.
What is your most memorable
moment at ODU?
ODU has given me so many
great memories, from ODU Day to football games and even RA training. I have
also made a lot of great memories with friends and roommates over the past
three years while living on campus.
My favorite memory probably was last year’s
talent show. It was great seeing all of the talented ODU students!
What do you want to do after
After I graduate in the spring
of 2015, I plan to start my career as an elementary school teacher. I want to teach
in an inclusion classroom where students with disabilities interact and learn
with same-age peers.
What is one unique experience
you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or
During my first fall of RA
training, we were given the opportunity to volunteer within our community. My
group was assigned to the Mohun Health Care Center to visit the sisters and assist
the staff. My partner and I were in one of the groups that walked around and
socialized with the sisters.
It was almost time to leave when we found ourselves talking to a sister outside
of her room. She invited us inside. While talking with her, I realized how much
of her life she’s devoted to everyone else around her. She was a teacher for
many years in some of the worst places, and took care of many of her students.
She spent all of the money she made on things to send to a family in need that she
helped support before moving into Mohun. She had care packages ready for them
and she always wanted to give them more.
I found myself in tears shortly after
leaving the room because she made me realize why I’ve chosen to become a
teacher. She was making a difference in the lives of so many people – she was a
true Dominican who was contemplating truth and sharing the fruits of her
contemplation with those who needed it most.
Why are you proud to be an
I am proud to call myself an
ODU student because I've grown through the experiences and opportunities that
ODU has offered me.
I wouldn't trade a day at ODU for anything. It's always a
great day to be a Panther!