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Miriam Ponce

Education Studies and Theology


Pataskala, Ohio

Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I chose to attend Ohio Dominican because the school shares my values in both education and life. The location of campus allows me to be relatively close to family and home. I also really liked ODU’s small campus and its student-to-professor ratio.

Have you participated in any internships?
I absolutely love my internships! The elementary school that I’ve been placed at is extremely relevant in terms of what I want to do with my career. The teachers are helpful and passionate in what they do, and the TESOL teacher I've been working with is very informative.

What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
My freshman orientation was one of the most memorable moments I’ve had at ODU. At that moment, I knew I had made a great choice in where I would develop and grow academically, personally and spiritually.

What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on applying to ODU’s TESOL master’s program. My goal is to become a TESOL educator so I can help other kids.

What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?
Honestly, all of my professors at Ohio Dominican have helped me grow academically, professionally and spiritually. They've especially helped me learn to believe in myself and to pursue my dreams. My professors have challenged me academically throughout my college years, and my attitude has gone from “I can’t do this” to “I can do this.” My professors in the Theology department in particular have truly opened my mind spiritually in ways I couldn't have imagined.

Why are you proud to be an ODU student?
I'm proud of being an ODU student because I share the values found at Ohio Dominican – and also become I will be a first-generation college grad!