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Alyssa Mattern

Early Childhood Education


Gahanna, Ohio

  • Volunteer at RadiODU
  • Concert and Marching Band
  • Panther Players
  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I chose to attend Ohio Dominican because, from the moment I stepped on campus, I immediately felt like I was at home. Between the academics and organizations here, I felt that it would be the perfect place for me to grow personally, academically and spiritually for the next four years of my life. I really wanted somewhere where I could participate in marching band and theatre, and Ohio Dominican offered both of those organizations and more that I hadn't ever thought about being a part of. ODU is also close to home for me, so it's an easy drive to and from school. But ODU really is my home away from home.

How do you stay involved at ODU?
I volunteer at ODU’s campus radio station, RadiODU. I also play the flute, piccolo, and snare drum in the University's marching and concert bands, and I’m involved in the student-theater organization, the Panther Players. Not only have I have gained so many amazing friends, but I’ve had so many cool opportunities to grow with my friends and do things that I genuinely really enjoy. Being able to express my passion for music here at ODU while also earning my degree is super special and it gives me something every year to look forward to.

What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
Some of my favorite memories from ODU are from the shows that the Panther Players has put on. Being on stage and performing is not only super exciting, but when I get to do it with my best friends, it is just even more meaningful. I never imagined that I’d be up on stage singing, dancing, and acting, but the experience was so incredible, and I want to be involved for as long as I can and continue to do something I love with my friends.

What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation I hope to get a good teaching job somewhere in Ohio. I'm open to teaching anywhere in the state! I also hope to eventually go back to school to earn my master’s degree.

What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?
I did not grow up religious, as neither of my parents were religious, so I rarely attended church as a kid. However, when I got to Ohio Dominican and I began to learn more, I began my spiritual journey with the loving support from friends and faculty here on campus. I am happy to say that I am finally going through the process of being baptized into the Catholic Church as an adult in April 2020, which is really special to me. ODU has a really special group of people who have been kind, supportive, loving and encouraging throughout the beginning of my spiritual journey.

Share an example or story of how you discovered your passion at ODU.
When I started at ODU, I was a Business Administration major. I then proceeded to change my major about four times. At one point, my advisor suggested that I take an education class to see if it was a good fit. During my first education class, I went to a local school and observed a kindergarten classroom, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I am now an Early Childhood Education major, and ever since that experience with those kindergarteners, my life has changed for the better. I am so passionate about learning and I am inspired to become someone who can shape and develop young minds.

Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
Ohio Dominican has made a huge difference in my life because of the wonderful people and many amazing opportunities for success that have allowed me to grow as an individual.