Major: Specialized Studies in Marketing, Finance, and Communication
Expected Graduation: 2020
Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio
Involvement on Campus: Phi Kappa Tau, Athens Beatification Day, Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
How did you choose Ohio University?
When I first stepped onto campus, I knew that this place was something special. The red bricks, tall trees and overall atmosphere immediately drew me in. As I walked through East Green and experienced how open and inviting everyone was, I just knew this was where I belonged. I was offered a scholarship to run track elsewhere, which made my decision a difficult one, but I knew in my heart I was meant to be a Bobcat. By the end of my visit to OHIO, I looked my parents in the eyes and told them that I was sure this was the only place I could truly call my home away from home.
How did you choose your major, and what excites you most about it?
I chose to go into Specialized Studies because I wanted to take courses specifically tailored to the sales career that I hope to pursue after graduation. The thing that excites me most about specialized studies is knowing that I am developing the skills I need to be successful in my career path. This major allows me to work diligently towards obtaining my degree while taking classes that will be especially relevant in my future.
Have you ever used career or leadership training services on campus?
So far, I have attended three workshops through career and leadership training services: Get It Together – Understanding Emotional Intelligence, I Am Right You Are Wrong – Understanding Ethics and Values and Who Are You and Why Should I Care?- Keys to Networking Success. I have also attended one-on-one career coaching appointments and leadership coaching sessions with Jodi Pavol. These experiences have given me great insight into my core strengths and values. Being involved with these resources has helped me to develop stronger leadership skills and to gain a tremendous amount of professionalism in the field of business. I will earn my 21st Century Leadership Certificate soon and I’m currently working toward obtaining my Professional Leadership Certificate.
Have you taken on any leadership roles at OHIO? If so, please describe.
Within Phi Kappa Tau, I was elected to be a member of the executive leadership team. My position as “Sargent Of Arms” put me in charge of identifying and analyzing areas of potential risk. I regularly met with other key executive members to recommend ways to control and reduce risks that our fraternity may encounter. I created risk registers and implemented educational risk management programs and procedures. With our philanthropy chair, I planned an event called Phi-Kappa-Taco where we sold tickets and t-shirts for our taco buffet event. We raised $700 to donate to SeriousFun Children’s Network. This organization provides children living with serious illnesses a spectacular camp experience and high-quality medical care, all in the safest and most supportive environment.
Tell us about one of your most significant career development experiences at OHIO.
My most significant career development experience at OHIO has been getting involved with the CLDC. As a college student, it can be difficult to see how your education relates to the real world and how it is preparing you for a successful career. I needed some guidance on how I could better my business professionalism, interviewing skills, and overall career development. Attending several meetings and workshops has really shown me that the sky is the limit. The more I learn through these programs the more I see how taking the right steps will positively impact my future. The CLDC has provided me with interviewing strategies, help with my resume, and necessary leadership skills. I know I can always go here with any questions and come out better informed.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
My favorite thing about being a Bobcat is the sense of home and belonging at OHIO. No matter where I am or what I am doing, there is always someone willing to lend a helping hand. This has been a key factor in my success at OHIO. The resources that the university offers have been extremely beneficial to both my personal and professional growth.
What advice would you give to your fellow Bobcats?
The best advice I could give to fellow Bobcats is to utilize and take advantage of the resources that OHIO has to offer. Along with that, I would recommend getting involved on campus. There are so many ways to get involved here and so many people to connect with. Doing so makes the college experience the best it can be. Visiting Baker Center and the Career and Leadership Development Center helps you to build on your strengths and will guide you toward a successful professional career.
What would you like to do once you graduate?
My goal after graduation is to go into the field of sales. I am an extremely competitive person by nature, not only with others but with myself. I thrive on setting strong goals for myself and I will not give up until I have met or exceed those goals. In addition to being highly motivated and goal oriented, I truly enjoy building relationships and connecting with others. In combination with the skills I am learning at OHIO, I know that these qualities will allow me to be the most successful salesperson I can be.
Interview conducted by Hannah Schuller, CLDC Content Marketing Intern