Hometown: Mansfield, OhioOrganizations & Activities: Panthers for Peace, Student Senate, Concert Band, Writing Tutor, Peer Advisor, President’s Society and Honors Program
Why did you choose to attend Ohio Dominican University?
I decided to attend ODU because it instantly felt like home away from home. The campus is beautiful and the class sizes are small enough to foster both peer-to-peer and professor-to-student relationships. ODU provides endless opportunities to students, while still allowing us to feel comfortable, confident and at home.
How do you stay involved at ODU?
I have both joined and started organizations that I’m passionate about. Getting involved makes college much more meaningful.
Through Panthers for Peace, Student Senate and Concert Band, I am able to connect with students who have similar interests as me, such as promoting peace initiatives, being a liaison between the students and the administration, and playing music.
Through the President’s Society, I am able to meet and connect with alumni and supporters of the ODU community. The Honors Program has allowed me to take select classes and work independently on an Honors Thesis of my choice with a faculty advisor.
There are so many student clubs and organizations available at ODU, that there truly is something for everyone!
What kinds of internships have you participated in?
There are endless internship opportunities available at ODU. I have participated in three different internships. During my sophomore year, I held an internship with the Columbus Museum of Art.
During my junior year, I moved to Washington, D.C. for a semester-long internship with the Trust for the National Mall. I recently completed an internship with the Columbus Diocese Office for Social Concerns. As my career focus has changed, my internships have also changed.
What is your most memorable moment at ODU?
My most memorable moments at ODU come from my opportunities to study abroad. One of my most memorable experiences came during my freshman year when I traveled to Rome, Italy. I lived and studied there for two weeks, explored the city, ate way too much gelato and had a ton of fun. ODU’s study abroad programs make it possible to travel the world, discover new places and make lasting memories!
During my sophomore year, I traveled to El Salvador for a service immersion trip. El Salvador wasn’t an overly glamorous trip. There were large bugs, extremely hot and sweaty days, and even some tears. To work alongside the El Salvadorians, getting to know them as our brothers and sisters, and learning more about how to be a servant really left an impact on my global awareness and my heart. Both trips changed me, gave me a different perspective, taught me more about myself and left memories engraved on my heart.
I am now preparing for a final study abroad trip to Florence and Venice this spring.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to do a year of service through Dominican Volunteers USA and work at the United Nations. After a year of service, I plan to attend graduate school.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering attending ODU?
ODU is such a great place to experience the next four years of your life. At ODU, you’ll grow, learn and have a ton of fun in the process. There are so many organizations to get involved with, opportunities to grab hold of, and memories to make!
What is one unique experience you’ve had at ODU that has helped you grow personally, professionally and/or spiritually? Why?
The opportunity ODU gave me to spend an entire semester in Washington, D.C. for an internship allowed me to grow in so many ways. While there, I worked full-time as an intern, took classes and participated in a project that allowed me to lobby on Capitol Hill. Living so far away from home allowed me to grow personally, realizing my own independence and seeing what I was truly passionate about.
Working in D.C. also allowed me to grow professionally as I used what I learned in the classroom and applied it to real-world situations. This opportunity allowed me to see that the foundation Ohio Dominican has provided me will allow me to continue to grow and succeed throughout my career and life.
What sets ODU apart from other universities you could have attended?
The faculty, staff and administration at ODU truly show an interest in every student. It is easy to connect with them and build relationships. From my first visit, this was recognizable and distinct from many other universities I had visited. The passion they have for students and ODU make the experience extremely rewarding.
How proud are you to be an ODU student?
I am so proud to be an ODU student! I couldn’t imagine spending the past four years anywhere else. Throughout my time at Ohio Dominican, I’ve grown as a student, as a professional and as an individual.
The experiences I’ve had and the lessons I’ve learned while at ODU have shaped me and allowed me to figure out who I am and where I want to go in life.