Hometown: Green SpringsOrganizations & Activities: Cross Country, Track and Field, Student Senate, Band, Altar Server, Honors Program
Why did you
choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I am from a small town that has only one traffic light, so I
wanted to experience living in a city. I also wanted it to be the right
distance from home – not too far, but not too close.
Also, since I’ve always
wanted to be involved in politics, Columbus was also a natural place to be. I
also wanted to attend a small Catholic liberal arts university, and wanted to
be able to be involved in athletics. ODU offered everything I was looking for.
How do you stay
involved at ODU?
As a Student Ambassador, I have an opportunity to give tours
to prospective students and tell them all about ODU. I also participate on the track
and field and cross country teams, and have served as vice president and
president and other positions on Student Senate. I also enjoy serving Mass.
participated in any internships?
During my freshman year, I interned in U.S. Senator Sherrod
Brown’s Columbus office. That experience led to a second internship during the
summer of 2013 in his office on Capitol Hill.
I also had a short internship with the BlueGreen Alliance.
organizations do you participate in, and what have you gained from them?
I have been heavily involved in Student Senate. My various
positions have helped me gain numerous leadership skills, and it’s allowed me
to get to know many ODU students, teachers and employees.
I’ve also spent four
years running cross country and track, which has helped me experience new places
with my coaches and teammates. Many of my best memories at ODU have come from
our trips and track meets.
What would you
say to a prospective student who is considering attending ODU?
At ODU, you aren’t just a number and you won’t just be
taught things, rather you will learn how to think critically and ask questions.
You will beg to know the justice of actions and events, and not just the
consequences of them.
Plus, I can say from experience that you will immediately
feel welcomed as a student at Ohio Dominican University.
What is your
most memorable moment at ODU?
During spring 2013, I had an opportunity to study abroad
in Rome. While the entire trip was memorable, there were two moments that
really stood out. On Pentecost, we went to Mass at the Pantheon. The church was
filled with people and clergy, and at the conclusion of Mass, the Roman fire
department threw bags of rose petals through the oculus of the building.
other moment came during our Papal audience when we were less than 20 feet away
from Pope Francis, who stopped right in front of us to kiss a baby.
What do you
want to do after graduation?
I plan to attend law school and eventually run for public
What is one
unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally
and/or spiritually? Why?
During my junior year, Father Richard Gross took some of us
to a soup kitchen on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for the day of service. The soup
kitchen ended up not needing us.
Instead of heading back to campus, we shared
the experience of eating a meal with those in need. This truly was an eye-opening
What sets ODU
apart from other universities you could have attended?
At Ohio Dominican, I’ve been able to get to know many
faculty and staff members, and it really feels like a family.
enjoyed my conversations with the Dominican Sisters, teachers and chaplains
here. They all help to make the Ohio Dominican experience unique and enjoyable.