Buckeye Destiny: A Journey from Cleveland to Mansfield
Last year, Destiny Hill drove from Cleveland to Mansfield with her family for her very first orientation. This year, as a Buckeye Ambassador, she is sharing her experience with incoming freshman. Hill grew up surrounded by city lights but knew the smaller campus encompassed by nature and wetlands was where she wanted to continue her education after high school.
Hill was born and raised on the east side of Cleveland. “Where I am from, it isn’t always the safest area to be. Now I feel like I have found my home and a great place to study and prepare me for my future,” she explains.
While visiting her family in Richland County, Hill came across The Ohio State University at Mansfield campus.
“We immediately scheduled a visit. After taking a tour of the campus and meeting with the amazing admissions team, I was hooked. I went straight home and applied to be a student at Ohio State Mansfield, and well, here I am.”
Hill became a Buckeye with the support of her entire family. Her father encouraged her to apply to Ohio State. She smiles and says, “My father always wanted me to be a Buckeye.” Hill’s father never went to college and wanted more for his daughter.
“I also didn’t feel like I was ready for a large campus just yet. Ohio State Mansfield’s tuition is affordable for me, and it’s the closest Ohio State campus to Cleveland. In case I need to go home, I am not far away.”
Cleveland is just a little over 70 miles from Ohio State Mansfield.
Hill not only attends classes at Ohio State Mansfield she is also a Buckeye Ambassador. The ambassadors are a significant part of the campus experience for new and continuing students. Between studying and classes, she represents the student body during new student orientation, leadership seminars, recruitments efforts, as well as community and campus events.
Ohio State Mansfield is a gateway to hundreds of Ohio State degrees – including engineering, environmental studies, and a wide range of health-related majors. Hill plans on attending classes on the Columbus campus next year to complete her degree in Zoology.
“I know when I transition to the Columbus campus, I won’t be as intimidated because I have completed a few years of college already. Since coming to Ohio State Mansfield, I have made a lot of friends on campus. I’m looking forward to fitting in Columbus like I did here on the Mansfield campus.”