Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I chose to attend Ohio Dominican University because of its small community. Coming from a small high school, it was a desire of mine to be somewhere that had the same feel. I also loved that a professor contacted me and invited me to sit in on a psychology class before I was a committed student, even though I was not a Psychology major at the time. The professor’s desire to help me pursue my passion for Psychology, which I listed as a possible major, made me feel appreciated and wanted.
How do you stay involved at ODU?
I have gained leadership skills, time management skills, and also people skills through the different organizations and activities I am involved in. My schedule throughout the day is packed full and it has really taught me how to communicate with other members to accomplish tasks and manage every second of my day.
Have you had any internships?
Yes, I had a great opportunity to intern at The Cleveland Clinic's Summer Treatment Program for children with ADHD. I found this internship through ODU’s Career Development Center. Since the staff knew me, they actually sent me an email with the link to the application for this internship because they thought it fit me well. This internship has and will continue to help me through my psychology career because one, I actually got to see and apply many psychology concepts and theories, and two, because The Cleveland Clinic is a prestigious place to work and to include on your resume.
What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
My most memorable moment at ODU is a toss-up between how I met my boyfriend, Clay, and being a part of “Footloose,” one of our musicals. The reason I mention how I met Clay is because it was in a very unintelligent (not very good first impression) way. I turned around to him in our Honors first semester seminar and asked, "Is this Honors 179?" He looked at me with a dumbfounded look and said, "um, yeah." I then turned red and didn't speak to him again until he spoke to me just a few weeks later. “Footloose” was is also a great memory for me because it was such a success for The Panther Players. It really brought them back from a rough patch and even gave them a record-breaking crowd attendance. It makes me proud to have been a lead in that production.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology. Right now, I am looking at The University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana.
What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?
One experience that I have had at ODU that has helped me grow was participating in the Midnight Sandwich Run. Making hundreds of sandwiches and then visiting some of the most run down areas of Columbus and handing them out to people who are just lying on the streets was a very moving experience. It made me more thankful for the things I have and it showed me I really have nothing to complain about on a day-to-day basis.
Share an example or story of how you discovered your passion at ODU.
During my first semester, I took the class “Math of Teachers” because I started as an education major. While taking that class, I learned that I didn't want to be on the end of learning that is teaching, but rather on the end of learning that is uncovering how one learns. That experience was monumental in my decision to change majors, and I could not be happier.
Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
One thing that makes me proud to be an ODU student is Ohio Dominican’s tight-knit community of students, faculty and staff. It is so easy to get to know people on campus and to build lasting relationships with them. It really sets you up for a successful future if you allow it.