Hometown: Brunswick, OhioOrganizations & Activities: Residence Life, St. Albert’s Society, President’s Society, Honors Program, ODU Football Recruit Tour Guide, ODU Study Abroad and Student Research
Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
When I applied to undergraduate schools, I did not yet know where I wanted to attend. It wasn’t until I took a tour of Ohio Dominican that I really appreciated the beauty of its campus. During a second visit, I sat in on an Intro to Anatomy course that was taught by Dr. Thistlethwaite, my future advisor.
After class, he answered all of my questions and gave me his card so I could contact him at any time with more questions. This is what sold me on attending ODU. The professors are extremely approachable and will help you in any way possible.
How do you stay involved at ODU?
I’ve been blessed to participate in many different organizations at ODU, including Student Senate, Residence Life and Athletics. Each has helped to mold me into the person I am today.
As a member of the President’s Society, I’ve met board members, faculty, staff and alumni who are eager to hear students’ perspectives and ideas about campus. I also was lucky to study abroad in Ireland for two weeks, where I traveled the country and studied Irish Literature and the development of Irish Catholicism. These were two of the best weeks of my college career.
As a resident assistant, I’ve made some incredible friendships with other students. At ODU, every student can find a club or organization that suits their talents and passions.
Have you participated in any internships?
I have had the opportunity to participate in multiple internships in the Columbus and Cleveland areas.
My first internship was with the Cleveland Clinic in Brunswick, where I worked in the Physical Therapy department and helped therapists with patient rehabilitation programs. That experience helped me obtain an internship at the OrthoNeuro Rehabilitation facility during my sophomore year.
That internship turned into a part-time position during my junior year and allowed me to work as a physical therapy assistant at OrthoNeuro’s office in Westerville. This was a great opportunity for me to gain hands-on experience.
During my sophomore year, I worked as a student athletic trainer at ODU and helped with athlete rehabilitation before, during and after athletic events.
I also had an amazing opportunity to intern with the Athletic Training Staff of the Cleveland Indians. This allowed me to be in the clubhouse with all the players and training staff during pre-game treatment and preparation. As a huge Cleveland Indians fan, this was one of the best experiences I’ve had!
As my career goals changed, I began to intern with physician assistants at Medina Hospital’s Emergency Department and Spine Care clinic. That experience opened my eyes to a whole new side of the medical field.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering attending ODU?
Ask questions. I know it can be intimidating to visit a college campus and be taken on a tour by a college student, but don’t let your parents do all the talking. We like to answer your questions, because odds are, we had the same questions when we were in your position.
Also, set up a meeting with a professor from your intended major or field of interest. The professors at ODU are always willing to help students in any way possible, whether it is with classwork, finding an internship, filling out graduate school applications or making future career plans.
Lastly, don’t underestimate the benefits of a small school. ODU’s professors know your name and your goals, and they will help guide you on a path that is right for those goals. I have had multiple opportunities at ODU that would be harder to obtain at a larger school. It really is a school that caters to your needs.
What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
One of my most memorable moments was ODU Day in 2013. Not only was the day superhero themed, but I got to spend the whole day with my best friend, Ryleigh.
We flew across the oval on a zip line, jumped onto a Velcro-Wall, took pictures as superheroes, ate ice cream and played laser tag all afternoon. While we couldn’t convince President Cimbolic to join us on the zip line, we had an awesome afternoon running around campus.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I will remain at Ohio Dominican University to pursue my master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. I am very excited to start the program and make a difference in the lives of others.
After receiving my master’s, I hope to work in an emergency department and then in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. My dream job is to work at Vanderbilt Hospital.
What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?
As a student, I have had the opportunity to conduct my own research project that could potentially be published in a scientific journal before the completion of my undergraduate degree.
My professors, Dr. Nelson and Dr. Thistlethwaite, have helped formulate and guide my research ideas. This is an opportunity that many students at other universities do not have.
What sets ODU apart from other universities you could have attended?
The passion that ODU faculty and staff have for helping each student grow and reach his/her potential is something that you don’t find at other universities. They really want to have a relationship with the students and learn about their individual goals and aspirations. Their passion is contagious and really pushes you to do your best in every aspect of your college career.
How proud are you to be an ODU student?
I am very proud to be an ODU student. I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences here for the world!
The amount of growth and knowledge I’ve gained as a student and young professional is something that I will carry with me the rest of my life. Not only have I grown during the past four years, but ODU also has continued to grow and become a well-known university.
I will always be a Panther at heart.