Major at OHIO: Psychology and Business Minor
Year of Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Glencoe, IL
Involvement on Campus: Undergraduate Assistant for Assessment at CLDC working under Regina Warfel and Cashier at Nelson Market

How did you choose Ohio University?

I chose Ohio University because of the feeling I got during freshman orientation. It was such a scary time getting ready to move away from home and start my college career. But everyone I came in contact with during orientation made those feelings feel way less intense. The people are amazing, there are so many ways to get involved, the campus is gorgeous and I had an instant feeling of home and comfort.

How did you choose your major? What excited you most about it?

Ever since my high school psychology class, I knew I had a passion for understanding human behavior on a deeper level. Understanding human brain patterns and the motivation behind why people do the things they do is so exciting to me. It was one of the only subjects I actually would get excited about doing the homework and readings for. If you feel that way about something going into college, I recommend going straight in with that major as it makes things a bit easier later on. However if you don’t feel that way going in, that is completely ok! Don’t feel pressured to decide right away or just go with something generic to be safe. Take some of your prerequisites and learn what really sparks your interest!

Have you taken on any leadership roles or gone through leadership training at OHIO?

I worked and also went through leadership training through the CLDC. I obtained two leadership certificates while working as an assessment assistant. Through obtaining the certificates, you are required to go through a few different workshops and do some one-on-one career and leadership coaching. The workshops facilitate a comfortable environment for you to practice some of your new skills with your peers, and the one-on-one coaching is completely tailored to your current needs! I highly recommend getting one of these certificates as it really boosted my confidence in professional settings.

Tell us about one of your most significant career development experiences at OHIO.

My most significant career development experience at OHIO was definitely my career coaching. Towards the end of my senior year, I was feeling a lot of stress about the job search process. I spoke with my coach about the types of jobs I was interested in applying for, and we did mock interviews, fine tuned the types of skills I might need for these roles and created plans for applying and obtaining a job. This really made me think about the things I wanted out of life and a career – way beyond just a means of making money. It helped me realize that the interview process isn’t just about selling yourself to a company, but finding a company that can offer you positive things like good culture and growth opportunities on a personal level.

What advice would you give to your fellow Bobcats?

Trust the process! College is a time for experimentation, growth and finding things about yourself, other people and life that you like and dislike. It is scary and will feel uncomfortable at times, but it is so much more than just academics. Be open to trying new things and use the resources provided as stepping stones to evolve into the best version of yourself you can be. Interact with as many people as possible, take classes that genuinely interest you and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!

What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?

My favorite thing about being a Bobcat is the community. I have met so many lifelong friends and mentors during my four years at OHIO. Even the staff and professors are so willing to go above and beyond in their traditional roles and help you in any way needed. I recently taught English in Asia and was very apprehensive about not knowing anyone going into it. One girl at my orientation was wearing an OHIO T-shirt and I went over and talked to her and created an instant connection. The Bobcat community is so strong, even outside of the four years in Athens!

What does your life look like post-grad?

After graduation I worked as a recruiting intern for A.T. Kearney for six months. After I completed this internship, I moved to Thailand and worked as an ESL Teacher for a year. I am currently looking for recruiting/coordinator roles through study abroad companies.

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Interview conducted by Hannah Schuller, CLDC Content Marketing Intern

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