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Jessica Belzer
Andy Black
Andrew Fowler
Mason Murrey
Alice Ragland
Jonathan Renard
Sara Richardson
Jacqueline Rigg
Sarah Wyss
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Jessica Belzer

  • Interned at Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Ohio University Flying Bobcats flight team member
  • Earning a pilot's license

Electrical engineering and French major, mathematics minor

Russ College of Engineering and Technology, College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio

How did you choose OHIO?

After I was accepted I came to one of the OHIO Up Close days and I was able to meet with a student engineering ambassador and was able to get a tour of the engineering facilities. I came on a day when school was in session; it was really great to see the campus in full swing.

How was the transition from high school to college?

I feel like it eases into a college curriculum pretty well here. College definitely is a different level from high school but it progressed in a pretty moderate manner. An an underclassman I expected things to get kind of scary. I am now in classes with six or fewer people so I would worry that "When I get to that course it's going to be pretty competitive." It's really not intimidating at all. Everyone's here to learn everything and to help everyone else learn everything. I've experienced nothing but a friendly atmosphere.

Were you in a learning community?

Yes. Learning communities are groups of students that are in the same major placed in a set of classes together. They also have learning communities for people who are undecided. It's all freshmen. There's a faculty instructor and there's also a peer mentor. You start to meet people who are in your major and you get a better idea of what exactly your major is. We did a lot of fun things—we did a scavenger hunt of the Russ College so you could find your professor's office later. We talked about some of the resources for assistance if we were having trouble in classes. We did projects on electrical engineering topics. I definitely recommend it. It's a chance to interact with your peers in your major outside of class.

How did you land a paid internship at the Air Force Institute of Technology?

I applied and they noticed that my advisor's name was on my application and they quickly got in contact with him. He's actually in pretty close collaboration with a lot of the research that's done there. Through that internship I was able to find what I was looking for and develop a relationship with the right people. I was working on a personal navigation project.

How did you get involved with the Flying Bobcats?

I think getting involved is the absolute most important thing you can do when you come. Personally, coming here I knew nobody. The big thing for me was showing up for a flight team meeting. I didn't even know Ohio University had an airport. I got lost! When I showed up I was an engineer among a bunch of aviation majors. I was a girl among a lot of guys. It was great. Everyone was so excited to teach me things, answer questions, expose me to things I might be interested in. It was pretty scary showing up to something I knew nothing about. It was a good risk … and it wasn't so much of a risk in the end. There are so many clubs at OHIO, there's really one for everything. If you take the leap to go to one meeting, you're already in. Everyone's willing to accept you.

What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned?

There are a couple of situations you will find yourself in that will seem scary at first, but afterward you're like 'Wow, I handled that myself.' It could be getting lost in a new town, getting the care you need if you're sick, writing important e-mails, or even doing your own laundry. I think part of living on campus is learning those things and how to problem solve for yourself. A lot of it happens without much effort; you really just start taking those tasks on or making those decisions for yourself without a second thought. The biggest thing I've learned in college is how to problem solve and teach myself new things.

How are you paying for college?

I remember looking at the numbers and being like, "I need to find something I can afford." I had a good job that I worked at full time over my breaks, OHIO provided me with a scholarship right off the bat, and I got a paid internship. My parents were able to help me out. I feel like I'm getting an all-star education for that in-state price.

“Learning communities are groups of students that are in the same major placed in a set of classes together. They also have learning communities for people who are undecided. You start to meet people who are in your major and you get a better idea of what exactly your major is. I definitely recommend it.”

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