I DID IT!
Yes, you read that right. I am officially alum of THE Ohio State University. On May 5, 2013 I joined the largest living alumni network in the world.
I have kind of let it sink in over the last week and a half. I wanted to do so before I wrote this post.
People ask me what I will miss most about college, or this university. It’s easy- I will miss the people. People can make or break an experience. During my sophomore year someone told me “You are who you surround yourself with.” I really took this to heart and began to evaluate my inner circle. I’m leaving this university with not only a degree, but with a few friendships that I absolutely know will last a lifetime.
There really is no other thing like college. Nowhere else are you surrounded by a group of people that love the same exact thing you do, your university, and someone is seemingly available 24/7.
Another thing I will miss is the experiences. Ohio State has put me in a drivers seat for some of the best experiences of my life. I’ve been to NCAA Bowl games, tournaments, Final Fours, Sweet 16s, as well as large (free) concerts. Ohio State has given me a strong foundation to build my skills.
People ask me what my next move is. That’s what I’m working on right now. My Aunt Pam discussed with me that no other time in life can I really attempt to plan out what I want (where I want to live, what I want to do, etc). I’ve used the last few days to really reflect and think of what I truly want. And I think I know… I want to work in a digital sphere. I want to serve as a Social Media Director or Community Manager. Basically, I want to help a company or brand activate their local or global audience and engage consumers with the product.
I learned that I loved digital media more than anything over the past year. I had the opportunity to lead @BuckeyeNutHouse to new heights- becoming the most followed student section in the Big Ten under my regime and surpassing over 10,000 followers on Twitter and becoming the first Big Ten student section to do so. I was able to gather over 6,000 followers to Twitter. The NutHouse also became the first student section on Instagram- where I generated over 2600 followers and 20,000+ likes.
Over the past year I was also able to work at the Final Four with Nike, Nike Basketball and Nike Fuel. This would lead to working with Nike Fuel again at the Ohio State dance marathon, BuckeyeThon. And I would help with another activation with #RunFree and @NikeRunning in the spring.
Basically, I learned that I love to connect users in a digital space- whether it was with Ohio State basketball or with Nike; I am passionate about the digital sphere as well as social and digital marketing.