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July 07, 2017 : Student’s involvement at Ohio University Lancaster shaped her future

by Meghan Morris


AbbieAbbie Wright, a sophomore studying integrated mathematics, spent the last two years at Ohio University Lancaster involved in sports, on-campus jobs and a student organization related to her major.


“Don’t pass up being an OUL student, it’s pretty great,” Wright said.


Wright initially chose OUL because both of her older siblings attended the regional campus. She appreciated how close her family was while still having some independence from them.


She played women’s volleyball and softball at OUL. Some people Wright met during her first semester playing volleyball became her best friends, even off the court.


Wright attended a small high school in Sugar Grove, Ohio, with only 52 other students in her graduating class. At OUL, Wright experienced a range of smaller class sizes that let her participate easier.


She bonded with staff and students on a personal level through her assistant job at the Dean’s Office and her math tutor job at the Math and Writing Lab.


Wright said she connected with many of her professors because of how caring and constructive they were about her work. One of Wright’s most influential professors was Dr. Paul Young who she had for Introduction to Education.


“He had high expectations for every student,” Wright said, “I could tell he wanted to push us to excel and grow as professionals.”


Her time as a member of OUL’s Ohio Student Education Association was beneficial by helping her realize how much she loved the education field.


“I’ve never felt stronger passion for my future career,” she said.


After Wright finishes her college education, she plans to teach high school math for a few years. She might stick with that specialty, but for now she has another long-term goal.


Wright wants to complete a master’s degree in either educational psychology or social psychology. She said taking a course taught by a professor with a similar master’s inspired her to work with students with special needs.


She said her transition to OHIO’s Athens campus has begun, but her time at OUL has a special place in her heart.


“I love it here,” Wright said. “The sports were fun, OSEA was a great experience, my on-campus job helped me grow up a bit - I would stay here if I could.”


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