Stories from a Graduating Buckeye
In the Summer of 2018, I walked into the admissions office at Ohio State Mansfield. At the time I felt a bit lost, but I knew that I wanted to further my education. I didn’t become a Buckeye right after high school. I went out of state to a small private college for a year and a half before I found myself back at home. When I chose to enroll in college courses again, my aunt went with me to the admissions office at Ohio State Mansfield, and I enrolled in two classes for the summer semester. Enrolling in Ohio State Mansfield was the best decision that I ever made! It allowed me to grow as a person and discover who I am and who I want to be.
I didn’t choose my major right away. For a couple of semesters at Ohio State Mansfield, I stuck to the general classes that my advisor, Rick Stewart, knew I needed. In the Spring of 2019, I decided to take a psychology class with Dr. Phil Mazzocco and a sociology class with Dr. Michelle Kowalski to see which field I wanted to pursue for my degree. Both classes gave me good insight into the majors. This was supplemented with several conversations with my advisor about these majors, and he was always happy to oblige my deliberation. I ultimately decided to major in psychology because I have always been interested in how the mind works, and I wanted to learn more.
The staff at Ohio State Mansfield have been a foundational part of my Buckeye experience as well. Not only did my advisor assist me in choosing a major, but career services and staff from the student success center helped me to navigate and plan for my future. The staff members that I connected with over the years always gave me good insight and something to think about. For example, my advisor in career services suggested that I add a professional writing minor to my degree. That minor sounded perfect for me. I have always identified as a writer, and having the chance to explore that identity as a student helped me to develop my writing skills even more.
The pandemic changed a lot of things for students like me. In Autumn of 2020, I had all online classes, which was very different from going to campus every day. It took some getting used to. However, I was still able to meet with faculty and staff online, and the campus was even hosting events through Zoom. Even though things were very different for a few semesters, the campus still made sure that we had a community and that we were still “Together as Buckeyes,” as they say.
During my final semester at Ohio State Mansfield, I have been working as the professional writing intern for career services and development. This has been a bigger opportunity than I could have imagined! During my internship, I have interviewed alumni about their time on campus and how they made it where they are today. It was an incredible opportunity to talk to each alumnus because they all had so much to share. I wrote their stories into profiles that contain the insight that they gave, and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with them and get their advice. I am inspired by their desire to give back and help students like me find our way.
During my internship, I also met with Dr. Kelly Whitney as part of the capstone class for my internship. I took her class on professional writing cultures last year, and she has really helped guide me grow as a writer. She has encouraged and supported me throughout the internship search and process. She even allowed me to take the capstone class as an independent study at a time when it wasn’t usually offered.
This campus has helped me grow a lot over the last three years. When I started here, I was directionless, but with the help of the amazing staff and faculty, I was able to decide on a major and a minor. During this time, I learned a lot about who I am, and I made some great relationships with people on campus that I hope I will be able to keep for the rest of my life. I didn’t know this 5 years ago, but I am a Buckeye, and I know now that I always will be.