As I reflect on my college years, I can definitely say it was the best years of my life. However, it was not a four year stretch of pure bliss. It was often a time of confusion and difficulties. These two aspects of college collided near the end of my freshman year. I was not sure if my major was the right one and if I even wanted to be at Ohio State.
At that moment is where I realized the best piece of advice I can give a college student; be involved in something outside of your academics. My involvement in student organizations placed me around people who motivated me directly or indirectly. In addition, my importance to the organization gave me just that, a sense of importance.
Due to my involvement, I transformed from a freshman who was loss in the sauce to a young man who had a sense of importance and belonging.
A Chicago native, Ryan holds a master’s in education from Marian University and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from The Ohio State University. He is currently working as a high school teacher in Indianapolis.
Ryan’s Educational History:
2012 - HS Graduate, Rich Township School District, 227
2016 - BS in health sciences, The Ohio State University
2018 - Master’s of Education, Marian University