What is your educational background?
I graduated from Wellsville High School in 2011, and started my college experience at Youngstown State University. While attending Youngstown State I was majoring in social work, but something about the area just wasn’t the right fit for me. I transferred to Kent State during my junior year and joined the communication program. The program at Kent Stark for communication was unparalleled in the area, and I knew that I found my “fit”. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2015. I am now finishing my Master of Science in Marketing Degree at Walden University, and will graduate in early 2019.
What are some of your prior work experiences?
Prior to my work at OVCT, I interned as the director of new media at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney, Montana. I worked in tandem with the funeral directors and families to create custom digital and print media to memorialize the decedents. The internship was 100% out of my comfort zone due to both the location and spectrum of duties, so obviously I had to say “yes”! The experience required that I move from my home town to the middle of nowhere in Montana; they don’t have overnight shipping, and you have to take a plane to get to the mall! The people and experiences helped me in more ways than I ever thought imaginable.
What is your current role at OVCT?
My current role at OVCT has more breadth than I ever thought I could handle. I am a general education instructor for our Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting programs, teaching two English courses, Psychology, Logic & Critical Thinking, Current Events, and Student Success Strategies. For our Nursing program, I keep records of immunizations for pre-clinical requirements, teach two more English courses, and assist the Director of Nursing, Jennifer Walker, in any other capacity needed. It may look like a lot on paper, but I still manage to sleep nearly 45 minutes every night!
Why did you choose to work at OVCT?
I saw the family/team atmosphere cultivated by the employees and administration at OVCT and felt immediately welcome. I was lucky enough to breathe for a minute after walking across the stage post-graduation, and could really sink time into finding a position that was the right fit for me instead of walking right into the first position available just anywhere. I am extremely lucky to have found my “people” so early in life, and couldn’t be happier.
What is your favorite part of working for OVCT?
My favorite part of working at OVCT is graduation! In the weeks leading up to graduation I get to see the culmination of all of my student’s hard work as they pass their certification exams, gear up for the NCLEX-RN or other certifications, and finish out the last of their coursework. Getting to see the students that came in less than two years ago be able to leave confidently is beyond words. I also like the OVCT nursing faculty group chat keeping track of our newly licensed RNs. The faculty here really takes pride in our students.
What, or who motivates you and why?
My family is a huge motivation for me. My mother competed with me in academia. As I finished my Bachelor’s degree, she got a Master’s; as I started my Master’s, she finished a second. The woman is always one-step ahead of me taunting me to want more for myself. I also have two aunts and a cousin who went back to college at the same time that I went, so we were able to motivate each other and commiserate over instructors and coursework. My best friend, Taylor, and I actually went to the same college and shared the same major. Having her by my side made everything easier and a thousand times more fun because I always had my “person”. We’re just as close now as we were sitting in class next to each other, even though we’re miles apart. We always send each other motivation when it is needed the most; I swear we might be telepathic. Lastly, I have a 10-year-old cousin, Aubrey, who looks up to me. I’m sure she could have picked a better role model, but she got stuck with me; so I have to set a good example and show her that you can do everything you want to.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my tenacity. For a 25-year-old, a Master’s degree and instructor position isn’t too bad! I am glad that I have stuck with education for as long as I have so that I never have to go back and finish something; I’m just going to see it through to the end right away. I don’t want to sound like I have a hugely inflated ego or anything, but it is good to be proud of your accomplishments.
What are your long-term career goals?
My long-term career goals are simply to help others succeed. Getting to where I am was a whirlwind of a ride, so for now I just want a few calm years to adjust. I love the organization that I work for, and all of my coworkers are impeccable, so I don’t see myself going anywhere other than OVCT. Maybe I’ll come for that nice President title; watch out, Mr. Rogers. Lol (Just kidding, that’s too much pressure).
What is something interesting about yourself that not many people know?
In high school, I joined the Future Teachers of America organization to get out of class for a few minutes. I was one of the only ones who never had aspirations of teaching, but ended up being one of the only ones from my graduating class’ FTA members to go on to teaching. They all thought that I was crazy for just wanting to get out of class for a few minutes and a cute mug, but the joke is on them… Look at me now!