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Tori Leader Student of the Week

Biology

2017

West Portsmouth, Ohio

  • Women's Basketball
  • St. Albert's Society
  • President's Society
  • President of Student Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Student of the Week

Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
When I walked on ODU’s campus, it felt like home. The campus had a comfortable atmosphere and the motto is inspiring – "to contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation." The standards on campus are high, but there are many people who are willing to help. The people are beyond welcoming and the university puts God first. 

How do you stay involved at ODU?
I try to be well rounded by participating in any club I can. Being a part of the Presidents Society, St. Albert's society, and SAAC has taught me to be a good time manager and to always try something new. While this can be challenging, these experiences have helped me learn about myself and how I can become a successful person. 

Have you participated in any internships?
I have shadowed many surgeons and physicians as well as a pharmacist at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. Their specialties include neurosurgery, cardio thoracic surgery, critical care physicians and pharmacy. This has been valuable because I have high hopes to attend medical school and become a physician or surgeon.

What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
I was honored to have the opportunity to give a speech at Ohio Dominican’s Black & Gold Club Kickoff fundraiser in 2016. 

What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually?
My experience in these organizations has encouraged me to grow professionally and spiritually. The university does a great job of inspiring others to grow in every aspect. Some of my most memorable experiences are related to my participation on ODU’s women’s basketball team. The university never ceases to stop encouraging faith, and it has helped me grow professionally in my sport. When I tore my ACL and meniscus, I struggled to continue to be positive. However, my teammates and the community helped me stay positive. Thanks to the community, I have almost completely recovered, and have not experienced any setbacks. I have learned to always look at the bright side of things and at the bigger picture. God will always have my back. 

Share an example or story of how you discovered your passion at ODU:
I discovered my passion when I took my first core class with Dr. Jim Strode, "Our Sport in Human Nature." It helped me think deeper into what it means to be human and an athlete. I began to ask myself how I could be a good person and how I could inspire others on my team. 

Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
This university has a lot to offer. I discover something new about it and myself every day. ODU has encouraged me to have an open mind and open heart. I am proud of everything ODU stands for and I strive to stand for the same things: faith, education, sharing and excellence. The university puts those things first, and that is what makes the university so great.