• Student of the Week August 25, 2014

    Taylor Lowder

    Taylor Lowder

    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Class Year: Senior

    Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
    Organizations & Activities: Resident Assistant, Volleyball Team Manager, and Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society

    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 ODU? 

    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 as well.

    I have made so many great memories as an RA and the friendships I have made will continue well past college. 

    Have 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 graduation? 

    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 spiritually?  

    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 ODU student? 

    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!

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