My name is Margaret Allen, although I go by Maggie. I’ve lived in Powell, Ohio my whole life, a place around Columbus that consists of rich families and their entitled children. My father works at the Ohio Department of Transportation and my mother works at Nationwide. I have one sister, Abby, who is a senior Chemical Engineering student here at OU. My sister and I are very close and she is the main reason I decided to come to OU; I couldn’t imagine being far away from her.
I’m a Mechanical Engineering major. I’m interested in how things work, especially machines. In the future, I hope to design advanced prosthetics that can provide greater control for amputees. However, my dream would be to work at NASA. Even though I am new to Ohio University, I am overcome by the sense of community I have felt. I have had great experiences meeting new people, being challenged academically, and have found that home can be more than the place in which you grew up.
Regarding my interests, the first thing that comes to mind is a band called The Maine. Their music hits home because over the years their albums have fluctuated from despair and loneliness to happy, upbeat tones. I have grown up with their music and through it I have found the strength to be happy with myself and be stoked on life. I also am interested in movies such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel, movies that, in general, transport me to a different place and time.
I guess I’ll finish this off with my favorite quote from John O’Callaghan, “The path is in the rear view, the future holds no weight.” At this point I’m leaving the past behind me, eager for the blank slate ahead of me. I’m excited for the world of possibilities ahead, the places I’ll go and the people I’ll meet. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars: the community of women I get to be a part of and the positivity we all can relay to the world.