Major: Political Science; Law, Justice, and Culture Certificate; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate
Graduation: May 2018
Hometown: Galion, OH
Involvement on campus: Ohio University College Democrats, Women’s Mentoring Program, Survivor Advocacy Program, Learning Community Leader and Service Team Member, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Professional and 21st Century Leadership Certificates
What was your experience like interning in Athens for the summer?
I was an intern for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Athens County this past summer. I knew that they had internships during the school year, but I stayed in Athens last summer and took classes so I decided to go in and ask if they needed any help for the summer. They did end up needing an intern because their regular interns had all gone home for the summer, so I was able to fill that need.
During this internship, I got acquainted with a legal office setting and dealt with some of the files and legal documents. I met judges and I was able to go to court proceedings to observe. The office also works a lot with Athens County Children Services, so I got to go over to those offices sometimes and interact with them.
How did this internship influence your career goals?
I think at the time I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do, I just wanted to get some exposure, so it really helped me to just get the professional experience. Even though I’m involved in a lot of organizations, I never really felt like I was in the “real world.” But, through this internship I had to do all the things you had to do if you had a job; I had to get up early, interact in a professional setting, etc.
It helped my career goals more specifically because I figured out that I actually like working in a courthouse. I also understand more of the proceedings of the courthouse and how things work in real life.
What was your favorite part of your internship?
I really liked the office setting I was in during this internship. They showed me that you can be professional, but also have friendships within the office and with your colleagues. All the people that worked there were very close, so it was nice to see that you can be a professional and be in the working world and it doesn’t have to be boring or soul-crushing.
I think people have this idea that having a job is going to be awful, but these people taught me that if you’re in the right environment and have the right people around you, then you can have a great job; it will be a job you enjoy going to, as opposed to one you might dread. After this experience, I would never take a job where I felt intimidated or felt like my co-workers were mean or it was a bad environment. I know that it’s important to work somewhere in a positive environment that fosters community.
What are your plans post-graduation?
Right now, I’m looking at working on elections or for a campaign; it’s something that a lot of my peers have experience with but it isn’t something that I’ve done yet. Although I don’t have any campaign experience I would definitely like some.
I would also like to get some experience through local government maybe somewhere like Columbus or in my hometown of Galion, OH which is about the size of Athens. So, both plans are a kind of tentative, but I definitely think I have some options.
As a senior at OHIO, what advice can you give to your fellow Bobcats?
My advice would be to utilize everything that Ohio University has to offer. Whether it’s professionally or academically, students might not use all the resources available to them. I’ve used the CLDC and the Allen Center for Academic Advising. Both of these offices helped me as a student and I think more students should utilize these resources.
Your college experience will give you what you give it, so if you put a lot in you’ll get a lot back.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
I feel a sense of pride when I come down to OHIO and Athens. When I talk to other people in college at different universities they just don’t seem to have the amount of love and admiration I do for my college. I just feel a deep sense of connection to OHIO and the beautiful scenery in Athens. When I leave this spring after graduation I know that it’s going to be very difficult and I’m going to be genuinely sad because this place has definitely become a home to me.
Interview conducted by CLDC Social Media Intern Kate Ansel