Major: HTC English
Year: Sophomore
Exp. Graduation: Summer or Fall 2020
Hometown: Cincinnati
Involvement on campus: Past Pepsi Scholar, Student Alumni Board, Sigma Tau Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key National Honors Society, We Are First Mentee

How did you end up at Ohio University?

I grew up in a household where my mom was always pushing me to do the best that I could and go further than she and my dad were able to go with their education. So, I was always aiming for higher things and became super involved with my coursework in high school. I did better than I ever thought I would, so the obvious next step was college and that eventually led me here.Image.png

You were recently accepted into the Honors Tutorial College. How has that transition been going?

It’s more rigorous in some ways. I’ve had to adjust to writing so much in a short period of time; I have five-page papers due every week. But it’s been going well.

I’m taking an archival research course for my major and I’ll have to develop a thesis at the end, which is a little daunting. But it’s really cool getting to research differently in English that I wouldn’t have been exposed to in a regular major. The research is very in-depth and explores different genres and time periods. I’m learning more about the history of literature and how it affects political and social movements.

What would you like to do once you graduate?

This summer I have an internship with United Campus Ministries, which is a non-profit and social justice organization on campus. I’m going to be doing social media and communications for them during the internship. I’m hoping to use this experience as a gauge of whether or not I like working for a non-profit organization to see if that’s something I want to do as a career.

When I was a senior in high school, I was highly considering the Peace Corps as an option but wanted something longer than a two-year program. I’m hoping in working for UCM this summer I can find out if I’m still really passionate about non-profit work and look into getting involved with the Peace Corps eventually.

I’ve also considered going to grad school and getting a masters in English. Maybe someday I would become a professor. Who knows at this point, but I definitely have a lot of options to consider.

What advice can you give to your fellow Bobcats?

Thinking as a first-generation student, I would advise other first-generation students to get a mentor. My mentor, Dr. Marlene De La Cruz-Guzmán, is through the We Are First program and I don’t think I would be where I am or as involved as I am without her.

It’s also important for all students, especially first-generation students, to get involved in different organizations on campus. You need a good support system and you can find that in a lot of student orgs on campus.

What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?

I love the sense of community we have here. You can run into alumni anywhere and they will be really excited. The summer before I came to OU, I ran into a family when I was in Florida that had on OU gear and I was like, “I’m going there next year.” They were so excited for me, which was amazing because I had literally just met them.

Interview conducted by Kate Ansel, CLDC Intern

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