Preferred Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Degree: Bachelor of Human and Consumer Sciences; Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism
Interests: Understanding foodways in our communities
Graduating Year: May 2022
Internship Experience- Food and Beverage Internship, The Westmoor Club-Nantucket, MA
Community Involvement- Indivisible Appalachian Ohio (IAO) - a non-profit (501(c)4) dedicated to serving our communities and advocating for Appalachian Ohioans to our elected officials
Campus Involvement- Member, Phi Upsilon Omicron-Fraternity for Human and Consumer Sciences; President, Food Matters Club; Secretary, Club Management Association of America; Member, M.I.C.E. Club (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) Member, Indivisible Appalachian Ohio University- Student Chapter of IAO
Why is experiential learning important to you?
Experiential learning is important because it allows you to form meaningful connections to the people around you, helping you to better understand someone else’s passions, lifestyle, and culture. I strongly believe that you grow as a person, and as a professional, when you engage in this type of learning. Allowing you to take that extra step of applying your learning from the classroom. Not only that, but experiential learning gives you the chance to learn from peers, colleagues, and professionals from your field, offering different thought processes and perspectives than you might have considered on your own.
How has experiential learning impacted your learning and experience at OHIO?
One thing I have come to realize about experiential learning is that not every experience is going to be a great one. Sometimes they’re amazing and life changing, but sometimes they are the opposite. But one thing is for sure, you can learn something from every opportunity and therefore I have no regrets.
Tell us a story about one of your experiences that you feel demonstrates the power of experiential learning in a real-world context.
At my summer internship as a food and beverage intern, in Nantucket, MA, I was prepared to have the best summer of my life. Beautiful islands, great new friends, and an amazing opportunity to develop my skills in the industry. However, what quickly started as a great summer soon turned into a summer full of high school-like drama and an industry I was sure I did not want to work in for the rest of my life. I was so disappointed that my dream job was not at all what I had expected it to be. After coming home from the internship, I started looking at different career paths and found a new area of interest in hospitality: working with underprivileged Appalachians seeking access to proper nutrition. Had I never worked that summer internship; I would have spent the next three years looking forward to a career I would never find happiness in. Even though it was not what I was expecting, my internship still became life changing in the end.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I hope to have a job in my hometown in Meigs County, Ohio, working to better my community’s access to healthy, affordable foods. Building on my encounters at Ohio University, as well as future experiences working directly with companies with similar interests in food access, I hope to apply my knowledge to make my hometown a better, healthier place to live. Most people can’t wait until the day that they can leave their hometown for good, but I am dreaming of the day that I call my town home forever.