Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
Ohio Dominican University was the result of what I refer to as College Search 2.0. After my freshman experience at another school, I realized that I was meant to pursue my education elsewhere. I wanted a place of learning that was small and personable, surrounded by an atmosphere infused with the Holy Spirit. ODU checked everything on that list and more.
Have you participated in any internships?
In the field of education, our "internships" are field placements that we complete every semester. I was so nervous during my initial experience – in fact, I still get anxious when I visit schools. Yet, despite the worries, every placement has been a phenomenal experience that helps me uncover the teacher that I'm meant to be. Our Education program is unmatchable. I've planned and taught lessons in every subject before even stepping into the shoes of a student teacher.
What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
My most memorable moment has actually a series of vignettes. It was on these grounds that I learned my father had passed away. It was in these buildings that faculty and staff held onto me and let me cry without a shred of judgment or hesitation. And it was those wonderful people that stepped off of campus to comfort my family in our time of need. Every aspect of ODU encouraged me to do more than just survive.
What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually?
I went on the Haiti mission trip in the spring of my sophomore year. I had never been on a plane (and consequently had never been out of the country). I felt a spiritual drive to go. Not in a way that I assumed I'd fix every injustice we encountered, but in a way that knowing that giving out toothbrushes to every villager who stopped by our makeshift clinic made their day at least a little bit better. I connected with my fellow travelers and all of the children I met. The experience is still raw in my heart, mind and soul.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I want to jump into the classroom and begin inspiring students. I don't have a job lined up quite yet, but the application process is in progress and will be in full swing in the coming months.
Share an example or story of how you discovered your passion at ODU.
When I initially transferred to ODU, I didn't have a future-oriented passion. I thought I did, but I look back and realize it was very superficial. Even up until late last spring semester, I was nervous about my current major. But life happens and sometimes things turn over in a heartbeat. At that moment, I discovered that I had developed passion for teaching. I've grounded myself in education – and with every step into a classroom, every lesson planned, and every student smile, I delve deeper into connecting my passion with my purpose.
Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
I am proud to be a piece of ODU
Filled with Panther pride, through and through.
Here I've learned to catch my breath
How to rest and do my best.
I find this is my second home
Full of family, I'm never alone.
College is a scary word
But in these halls fear is conquered.
Pride is more than spirit wear
Pride is the spirit that we wear.
Passion, purpose, love and peace
ODU Panthers we'll always be.