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Delaney Allen

Delaney Allen, College of Business student ambassador

What is your hometown? 

Huron, OH

When did you start your college search?

Spring of my sophomore year in high school

How did you find Ohio University?

My older sister went to Ohio University. She was a senior when I was a freshman.

What do you remember from your college visit?

I remember feeling extremely welcomed by everyone, seeing College Green for the very first time, and feeling right at home.

Why did you choose Ohio University?

I chose Ohio University because I felt a sense of community as soon as I stepped foot on campus. People are proud to be Bobcats, and the faculty genuinely care about creating relationships with their students and want us to succeed. I liked the idea of having all the resources and opportunities that come along with going to a larger university, but I still felt as though I would get a personalized experience – and I can proudly say that I have!

The College of Business and Athens

What are you studying? How did you come to that?

Marketing and Finance with a Sales Certificate. I knew I wanted to be in the College of Business when I came to campus as a freshman but wasn’t confident in declaring finance and marketing until this year. After getting into the Schey during the first semester of my freshman year, I was exposed to sales training and knew I wanted to invest my time in pursuing the Sales Certificate. I always had an interest in marketing and felt that it would complement the Sales Certificate, but it wasn’t until after taking a few marketing classes that I knew I wanted to declare it as my major. I took my first finance class in the fall and was intrigued by gaining more technical skills while also pursuing a major that offers a multitude of job opportunities that are personality-driven as well.

Reflect on your Cluster experience.

Cluster was my most challenging semester of college but also the most rewarding. Halfway through the semester, we moved to a virtual environment. Cluster is an obstacle, but doing it virtually was particularly more difficult. However, through the guidance of my professors and outstanding teammates, we were able to finish our projects and still feel proud of our work. Additionally, the semester led me to pursue tacking on finance as another major and gave me a better understanding of the business world in its entirety.

How else are you involved on campus?

Currently I am the vice president of strategic initiatives for the Schey Sales Centre. I'm also an active member in Select Leaders and act as the leadership engagement specialist for my semester.

What is your graduation year? What do you want to do after graduation?

May of 2022. I want to pursue a career in sales or finance.

Share about your advisor? Your Career Coach?

My advisor was Gracie Ede. She has been extremely helpful in reworking my resume and guided me through the process of adding on a second major. Gracie provides a wealth of knowledge in helping her students develop professionally and personally. I’ve developed other relationships with professors, specifically Greg Scott, Lisa Beeler, and Mick Andzulis, who I consider to be “Career coaches.” Additionally, I have gotten to know Tim and Tammy Reynolds. Each of these professors have helped guide me in decisions that have directly impacted my experiences and readiness for the future.

What’s a classroom lesson that has stuck with you?

Knowledge is power. It's easy to just go through the motions of going to class and doing your work, but fully immersing yourself into what your studying will benefit you in the long term.

Favorite campus landmark? Place to study? Place to eat? Coffee?

My favorite campus landmark is the Class Gateway. My favorite place to study is on the fifth floor of Alden Library. My favorite place to eat is Ginger, and my favorite place to grab coffee is Court Street Coffee.

What is your favorite thing about Athens, Ohio?

How down to earth the people are and how beautiful the campus looks regardless of the time of year.

Personality Questions

If you had to shadow one person for an entire month, who would it be?

Marry Barra, CEO of GM.

Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button on your life? Why?

I would rather have a pause button. I think it's important to learn from the past, but I think it would be nice to put a pause on things and collect your thoughts for a moment before moving on with the fast pace of life.

If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be and why?

I would live in The Office because it would consist of constant laughs.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?

MLK, Oprah, and Steve Jobs.

If you can instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

Investing stocks.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?

Australia so that I could scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.

Favorite season and why?

My favorite season is the summer. I've grown up living right on Lake Erie so anything that's on the water, whether it be water sports or watching the sunset on the beach, are among some of my favorite things to do.

Favorite genre of music?

Indie rock.

Favorite music artist?

The Lumineers.

What is one thing you can’t live without?


Do you have a celebrity look alike?

People have told me that I look like Rachel McAdams who stars in Mean Girls as Regina George.

What TV show would you guest star in?

Grey's Anatomy.

What are your hobbies?

Traveling, cooking, finding new music, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Delaney

If you have questions about the Ohio University College of Business and want to message Delaney, send an email. If you're ready to learn more, plan your visit.