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Zachary Ratliff

Theology

2019

New Albany, Ohio

  • Saint Paul’s Outreach Household
  • Honors Program
  • Pro-Life Partners
  • Tutor at Math Lab
  • ODU Chorus
  • Band
  • Student of the Week, March 20, 2017
Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
Ohio Dominican is close to my house in New Albany. After attending a boarding high school for four years, I wanted to stay close to my family. I was also attracted to the solid Catholic education that ODU offers. I knew that at ODU, I wouldn't merely learn another skill or job, but become someone better than I am now.

How do you stay involved at ODU?
This year, I decided to live in a Saint Paul's Outreach household here at ODU. Basically, my roommates and I have decided that we want to be committed to each other and to God and keep each other to these commitments. We pray together, cook for each other in our apartment, and do crazy things like raft on Alum Creek or play hide-and-seek in Erskine. Living in household has been at times stressful, but I'm so grateful God has blessed me with such great friends who have become my brothers.

What is your most memorable moment at ODU?

One of my favorite memories at ODU was the day my roommates and I moved on campus. It seemed so surreal that I was living away from my parents and with a community that I wanted to be with. I remember looking around at our room and seeing bags and clothes all over the floor, but being so glad to be together!

What do you want to do after graduation?
I'm really looking to teach, either in a Catholic high school or going on to graduate school and teaching as a professor. I also would really enjoy relational ministry in a high school or college setting.

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

Especially living in a Saint Paul's Outreach Household, I've really come to learn that evangelization is less about proselytizing your personal beliefs, but rather investing in friendships and inviting others into the life that you have found in Christ.

Share an example or story of how you discovered your passion at ODU.
I vividly remember my first theology class, Intro to Christian Theology. My attitude coming in was pretty passive: I just needed to get my six Theology credits. But after the first few days, I felt really fulfilled and captivated by what we were learning and I decided that it was something I wanted to pursue. I wanted to help others experience the same awe I experienced, so I decided to become a Theology major.

Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
There are so many opportunities for growth at ODU and I'm so glad I can be a part of helping this university become the place God desires it to be. I'm so glad to be involved and an active member of the community.