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May 23, 2017 : Homeschooled student chose OUL to pursue writing career

by Meghan Morris


SarahSarah Shy chose to attend Ohio University Lancaster because it was close to home, and ended up changing her major so she could remain at the regional campus.


“Everything is more personal,” she said. “Everyone is helpful. Everyone gives you their time.”


Shy majors in Specialized Studies in English and humanities. She said the advising staff helped her organize her unique degree, and other instructors were also supportive.


 “Ohio University Lancaster was the first place that I was able to talk with someone,” she said.


Shy said she appreciates the small class sizes and caring teachers because they let students have an individualized experience. She said she walks away from every semester with a new favorite professor.


Shy was home schooled instead of getting her high school education at a public school and is a first generation college student in her family. Grants and scholarships help cover over half of her tuition costs.


After Shy completes her education, she said she would like to be an author but will realistically want a creative writing job.


“I have in mind that I’ll probably be doing other assignments and writing novels will be a hobby,” she said.


Shy has already written a novella and a full-length book during her spare time. She said the first one originated from her current reading interests at the time.


“I was 18, and I was really into a historical romance novel kick,” Shy said.


Her longer novel was a dark fantasy that featured a main character who could manipulate animals and nature.


Shy takes OUL courses both online and in-person. She completed one online journalism class already and currently takes another. Shy enjoys the format since it offers more flexibility.


“I was able to do (the online class) at my own pace as long as I turned the assignments in by the due date,” she said.


She leads a busy life since she goes to school full-time, works at a downtown bookstore, and has been married for five years to husband Chris.


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