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Emily Hardman

Intervention and Integrated Mathematics Education

2020

Lewis Center, OH

Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
The major reason that I decided to attend ODU was because, at ODU, students have the ability to achieve pretty much anything they set their minds to. This seems like something that would be so obvious, but throughout my college search many universities seemed, on the surface, to encourage students to accomplish everything that they dream of accomplishing, but when it came down to it, they didn’t enable or allow their students to accomplish all these things. ODU is completely different. Here, students are encouraged and enabled and allowed. It seems to me that if a student is willing to put forth the effort, the university should magnify this drive, encouraging them along the way.

How do you stay involved at ODU?
I’m in Dominican Young Adults (DYA) and Student Senate. However, I think that the way I really try to stay involved is to accept as many invitations as I can, whether it be to a movie on campus or a club meeting. I honestly try to step outside of my happy, content, little bubble at least a few times a week. In fact, I made a promise to myself when I started college that I would meet at least three new people each week. This proved to be a bit of a challenge, as I am both terrible with names and tend to be a little reserved. All of these little goals, clubs and activities have made me feel at home on campus, and they’ve helped provide the college experience that I always wanted to have.

What is your most memorable moment at ODU?

I don’t think I have a singular most memorable moment, but rather a combination of moments. These moments include moments from orientation, my first day of class, meeting faculty and friends, funny moments in the library, and ice cream breaks in Hamilton Hall. I can’t wait to see how this compilation morphs and changes, and I’m sure that there are many more memories to come.

What do you want to do after graduation? 
My ideal job would be to work with middle school or high school students as an Intervention Specialist, or to work at the Columbus School for the Deaf, or as a high school math teacher. Thankfully, I’ve got some time to narrow that down.

What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?

The main thing that sticks out is the faculty. As a freshman, I came in assuming that it would take months for professors and advisors to learn my name, and frankly, to even recognize me. I’m pleased to say that was not at all the case. The faculty and staff are so incredibly helpful and they know my name. They truly care about each and every student.

Share an example or story of how you discovered your passion at ODU.

I came out of high school stubbornly dead set on a career. However, ODU can claim the credit for intensifying this passion. Who knew that in a matter of months, I would find myself in the library surrounded by friends? Who knew that I’d have advisors that actually know my name? Who knew I’d find genuine enjoyment in math homework and reading children’s literature? I haven’t quite figured out how exactly ODU managed to accomplish all of these things, but I have an inkling that it’s a result of a combination of things: the staff, the home-like feel, and the student body.