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October 22, 2003
These students stand out from the crowd
By Susan Green

Every year more than 16,800 individuals arrive at Ohio University. Before long, they blend into the collective student body to join an impersonal sea of faces washing over campus.

You may get to know some of the students from class, in your office or department. But that's probably as far as it goes.

This is the first in an ongoing Ohio in Focus series featuring Ohio University students who are "finding their focus."

all music...all the time
Kim Trick's life revolves around music.

The enthusiastic audio production/telecommunications major from Cincinnati is immersed in music whether she's working at ACRN - the student-run radio station - going to concerts, writing reviews or reading about the history of music.

Trick, a junior, is programming director for ACRN. Her time at the station is crammed with scheduling on-air talent, selecting music, promoting concerts, generating ideas for promotion parties and creating the distinctive "sound" of the station.

She says her work at the station was a key factor in landing an internship with an independent record company in New York City last summer. "Everyone was impressed with my education and my work," Trick says. "I had a great time. They invited me back."

So far, working at ACRN is the best experience of her life. "It's an opportunity to get the type of hands-on experience that I wouldn't otherwise have," she says. "My classes are very good, but I've learned as much from working at the station as I have from my classes.

"And I rarely skip class."

Ohio University is one of a few schools with an audio production program. And, according to Trick, it's an easy choice for someone who aspires to a career in the music industry. Athens' small town ambience is a plus, too.

"It's easy to get involved with things in a small town," she says. "What I like about it is it's easy to develop a diverse network of friends. Relationships are easier to build. You can immerse yourself in something that you like in a way that isn't possible in a bigger city."

During her first-year at Ohio University, Trick didn't waste time. She and her sister, Steph, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., created an independent Web zine, "red is all the rage." The zine reviews alternative music and offers news on books and movies. Besides, it keeps her in touch with the music industry.

"Record labels are now sending us stuff to review, which is cool," Trick says. "I'd like to turn this into my profession."

leading the way
So far, Micah Mitchell has what he wants.

Mitchell, an engaging and articulate first-year Honors Tutorial College student with a double major in telecommunications and communication studies, says his high school experience in Oberlin, Ohio, shaped him into the person he is today: A leader with crack communication skills.

A self-confessed "people person," Mitchell knows he has a knack for motivating others toward a common goal. "Early in high school I realized I was good at organizing people," he notes. "So I made a decision to focus on academics and further develop my leadership potential."

Recognizing experience is the best way to develop your innate abilities, Mitchell honed his leadership skills in drama club, student council, National Honor Society and as a representative on the Oberlin school board. "I got exactly what I wanted in terms of developing leadership potential," he says. "My involvement taught me that without creating good human relations, nothing is accomplished. And it inspired me to study communications in college."

Although he's been in Athens less than two months, Mitchell says he already feels at home. "There is so much to do on campus," he says. "I'm a member of the Read Hall Council, which is a lot of fun; Honors College Society Council; Honors Tutorial Advisory Council and Black Student Communication Caucus."

Academics and extracurricular activities aside, Mitchell still has time to indulge his passion for the performing arts. "If the opportunity to act at Ohio University comes along I won't be able to pass it up," he says.

Mitchell enjoys acting and has performed in musical theater during high school as well as summer musical theater camp. Chuckling, he says, "I'm a pretty good shower singer."

Susan Green is a writer for University Communications and Marketing


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