Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I spent six years serving in the United States Marine Corps. In that time, I was fortunate to meet and serve with truly phenomenal leaders that guided me with, what I believe was, a liberal way of thinking. When I concluded my period of service and began looking toward the start of my next chapter, I discovered that many universities did not ‘feel’ right. After talking with a close mentor I was recommended to ODU and I ‘found’ what I had been looking for: a university that would continue to guide my education so that I could go out into the world and continue to serve in a greater capacity.
How do you stay involved at ODU?
I am an active member in Sua Sponte, ODU's Student-Veteran society. During my freshman year,I served as the treasurer and I now hold the position of president. My gain is what I hope to be able to share with other students, and that is access to the experience that being a veteran provides you. My hope is that Sua Sponte becomes an organization that has members in every other student-led group, and that students are able to seek out the guidance of their peers who have just a few additional years of life under their belts.
Additionally, I am a tutor with the ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) where I specialize in my intended majors of Economics and Finance. I have learned much from working with the center’s director, Amy Spencer, and the other ACE tutors, and I know that my own proficiency as a student has benefited because of it.
Have you participated in any internships?
I have not participated in any internships as of yet. I have plans to reach out to federal agencies during my last year but, for now, I work full-time at Mount Carmel East Hospital.
What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
My most memorable moment at ODU was convocation during my freshman year. This was my first real experience as to what I could expect from the University as a whole when it came to supporting my individual journey. For those who have not witnessed or experienced convocation, it was a ceremony that detailed to me a level of professional intent that every faculty and staff member would strive to uphold while I was a student at ODU. (For my Marine Corps family, it was similar to sitting in stunned awe as your drill instructors recited their creed/oath/pledge.)
What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually?
My interactions with the aspiring military officers that are current ROTC cadets. Too often I have encountered individuals that view the military as their ‘fallback;’ the career they will choose if they fail to get what they originally intended. The quality of leader that the military gets because of this is low and dangerous to the ones who are forced to serve with such a leader. The ROTC cadets I have met at ODU are some of the finest cadets I have met across the board, and several of them would make promising Marine Corps Officers. It is inspiring to know that the Warrior spirit is still alive in this generation and that the ones it lives within are willing to follow its call.
Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
I am proud to be an ODU student because every class I have taken, every teacher-to-student interaction I have had, and every day I have been on campus has helped me grow as a human being. I have studied at two other universities and several professional military schools, and ODU has a life to it that no other school has.