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Sara Richardson

  • Commutes to campus
  • American Music Therapy Association member
  • Bone cancer survivor

Music therapy major

College of Fine Arts

Hometown: Albany, Ohio

How did you choose OHIO?

I chose Ohio University because of the reputable music therapy program, recommendations from friends and advisors, and the close proximity to my home.

What are the challenges of being a commuter student?

As a commuter I have to make a greater effort socially because I don't live on campus with the students here. People in my classes in the School of Music—who I'm around all the time—we're very close friends. We still hang out and study together and grab lunch together and go see concerts together.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

I can narrow it down to a few. Katherine Rohrer, Stephanie Morris, Matthew Morris, Debra Cordell. My music therapy professors are amazing. We're almost like family. They're very student centered. They bend over backwards to make students succeed and to create an environment where students can really grow, not only academically but personally as well.

What is Arts for OHIO?

Through Arts for OHIO students can see theater, dance, music—and it's free to students. The arts just really open a new range of communication. It's not only aesthetic but it's educational as well.

You have a physical disability. What kind of accommodations do you receive?

I was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2003 at the age of 10. I had my leg amputation when I was 14. When I came to OHIO I met with Student Accessibility Services. The biggest service I use is priority registration because I can't get to a class across campus in 10 minutes by walking.

What’s your advice to a potential OHIO student?

Stay focused and work hard. Stay focused on your dream and even if things get overwhelming, just take one task at a time and get the help you need. Don't be afraid to seek help because all the faculty and staff here really, really want students to succeed.

What do you want people to know about OHIO?

Ohio University provides an environment where, if you're willing to work hard and get the help you need, you will definitely succeed here. They set it up for you to succeed.

“Through Arts for OHIO students can see theater, dance, music—and it's free to students. The arts just really open a new range of communication. It's not only aesthetic but it's educational as well.”

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