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Student Spotlight: Jordan Graham

Student Spotlight: Jordan Graham

Jordan Graham recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management with minors in Economics and Psychology this December 2021. From Barnesville, Ohio, Graham has been hired as Head Esports Coach at West Virginia University Potomac State College.

We asked Jordan some questions about his OHIO experience.

Q: What was your ah-ha moment at OHIO—that point where you said to yourself, “I’ve got this!”?

My first semester at Ohio University when I realized that going to classes, engaging with the material, and turning in all my assignments would allow me to be successful in my classes. Once I figured that out, I was able to focus more on extracurricular activities, such as clubs and socializing.

Q: Why did you choose OHIO?

I chose OHIO because of the beauty of the campus and it was far enough from my hometown to feel like I went away for college but still close enough to be with family if I had to be there.

Q: Who were your favorite professors and how did they make an impact on your life? 

One of my favorite professors was Richard Vedder. I took his Economic History of the United States course and was entertained by his storytelling, as well as how knowledgeable he was on the subject. Another professor that has had an impact on my life is Professor Andrew Szolosi. His courses for me have been directly applicable to my work experiences, and I feel that he has helped me prepare for life after college the most.

Q: What was the hardest hill you had to climb (not counting Jeff Hill) at OHIO? And how did you overcome challenges or obstacles in your path? 

The hardest hill I have had to climb at OHIO is making the decision of what I wanted to study. I changed my major five times since I came to OHIO to eventually land at the current program I am in now. To overcome my challenges in my path, I would seek help from those around me. If I needed academic help, I would stop in and see my professors during their office hours. If it was a personal challenge I would ask for advice from my family.

Q: What are your favorite OHIO memories? 

One of my favorite OHIO memories was having my first event with the Ohio University Rocket League Club. It was a tournament held in the Copeland Labs.

Q: What’s the one thing you would tell a new OHIO student not to miss?

Don’t miss out on being involved on campus outside of classes. OHIO offers so many activities and clubs you can be a part of! I have met some of my closest friends through clubs at OHIO, as well as making my favorite memories at college.