Sunday, December 16th, 2018, I graduated with my bachelor’s in psychology from the Ohio State University. To say OSU had an impact on my life would be an understatement. It has completely changed my life, in such a good way.
Let’s start from the beginning. I initially did not want to go to OSU. Firstly, I was opposed to going to any big campuses because the sheer size terrified me. If I went to OSU, I would have had to go to a regional campus. In high school, regional campuses had a negative stigma. They were seen as the place you go when you’re not good enough to get into main campus. I was too embarrassed to be seen at a regional campus. However, after lots of prayer, I realized that was where God was leading me, so I enrolled in OSU’s Marion campus. (Let me just say that all of those regional campus stereotypes could not be farther from the truth. Most people there were incredibly smart, ambitious, and goal oriented and chose a regional campus over the main campus.)
I decided that I wanted to live near campus. I could have easily commuted, but since I struggle with social anxiety, I thought it would be good for me to put myself out there and force myself to make friends. There were apartments build just off of campus that were for college students only. I lived in a 4 bedroom apartment with 4 roommates my freshman year.
It started out fun. We all became friends. We grocery shopped together, made meals together, got each other gifts for everyone’s birthdays… We even went to a Clipper’s game together with some of our other friends too.
Eventually, my roommates’ relationships with each other went sour. There was gossip and drama that drove two roommates away. Instead of taking a side, I stayed neutral. I never had any issues with my freshman year roommates. But due to our drastically different personalities and different paths in life, we no longer keep in touch.
Going to a regional campus gave me so many incredible opportunities that main campus wouldn’t have given me. One of them was becoming close with my professors. I had them for several classes and they knew me and my classmates very well. My friends and I decided to start the Psychology Club up again. We chose our favorite professors to be advisors over the club. I was treasurer the first semester we had the club. Then I became vice president, president, and finally vice president again. It was actually my professor who nominated me as president because he knew me so well! If I was on main campus, I never would have run for office, I am simply too shy.
That same professor who nominated me for president also asked me to do research with him. It was a great experience! I did research with him for 3 semesters and learned so much! Such a wonderful opportunity!
My friend who started up psychology club with me also wanted to start a new club on campus where we engaged in community service. It was called the Rotaract club. We got to go to the Marion Rotary meetings and help out in the area. It was so much fun! I was vice president of this club for two semesters.
I also met some other friends on campus through going to the student center and just hanging out. We went to movies and baseball games together. It was lots of fun!
I also had the great opportunity to work in the Dean’s office suite on campus. I had some wonderful coworkers and got some neat opportunities through that experience as well. One of the coolest ones was that I got to be to very first person to sign the beam that went onto the new science and engineering building on campus! I also got to meet the president of OSU and my friend and I were able to run one of the events during freshman welcome day.
Out of all these wonderful opportunities, I’ll have to say that the BIGGEST impact going to OSU Marion had on my life was leading me to my husband. I never would have met him if it wasn’t for that school.
Kristina was someone I went to grade school with, but we were never friends. Well, she went to OSU Marion with me and we became friends there! She invited me to a young adults bible study at her new church. I went and that is where I met Matthew. To read the beginning of our cheesey/socially awkward love story, go here: Summer of No Crushes, Socially Awkward Flirting, Michigan Trip, First (and only) Boyfriend.
My life today would be completely different if it wasn’t for OSU. I wouldn’t have the friends who I have today. I wouldn’t be married to Matthew, I wouldn’t have even met him. I wouldn’t be going to my wonderful church. I wouldn’t have a house, or at least the house I am currently in which I love SO much! I wouldn’t have my cute lil Pappi boy. It is crazy how much that one decision to go to OSU Marion had impacted my life. And how I was SO CLOSE to making a different decision. I am so glad God lead me to the decision I made.
And now I am officially a college graduate!!