Lancaster –Lenae Walters brings a new perspective to the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington's Coordinating Council as the newest student representative.It's the perspective of a transfer student.The sophomore from Pataskala spent her freshman year at Bethany College in West Virginia.
"I was home sick," said Walters. 'I wanted to play volleyball in college, but once I got there, I realized it wasn't quite what I wanted anymore. I missed the flat land.I don't know if you've been to West Virginia, but it's a hilly experience. I missed my family.I am a family kind of person.I missed my dog and I missed my friends."
Walters spent the summer after her freshman year, looking for somewhere to go to school that was a better fit.She believes she found the perfect fit at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington.
"This was the only campus that I felt I could do well at and really connect to.There's also a Bachelor's in Communications here and that's the degree I want," said Walters. "I really appreciate the professors here. I don't think you realize it unless you change colleges or you transfer, but I didn't have the kind of relationship with my professors at Bethany that I do here. The professors I have had here are committed to helping you.It's great! It's something very special."
Walters is excited to serve as one of two student representatives on the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Coordinating Council.The group of community leaders makes sure that opportunities exist for the sharing of information and exchange of viewpoints and ideas between members of the community and the appropriate University officials.
"I assume we will be giving them ideas and perspectives from the students," said Walters."I hope to be a good representative of the population here at school."
Walters is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society on campus.She is a singer and would like to get involved in a new choir group forming on campus.
"The summer before my freshman year of college, I tried out for American Idol in Pittsburgh, but I did not make it," said Walters.
Even though she didn't make it on to the show, Walters said the experience taught her about believing in herself, even when others do not.Walters said she will draw on that as a member of Coordinating Council and a student at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington.Walters appointment to the Coordinating Council is for two years. Her first meeting was on October 18 at noon.