The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) has named 12 students to the 2023 class of ACEL Outstanding Seniors. These students were selected by the faculty and staff of the department for their excellence both in and out of the classroom. Megan Watson, an community leadership major from Chillicothe, Ohio, was named as one of ACEL’s Outstanding Seniors for 2023.
Read about Megan’s Ohio State experience below.
Why did you choose your major?
I realized during my freshman year at OSU (while in a different major) that I had a passion for community development and this major was the perfect fit for my needs! The ACEL department has become a second family to me and I love that I have so many people in my corner that are cheering me on as I enter into the workforce.
Why did you choose to attend Ohio State?
The community at Ohio State was unlike anything I knew was possible at a university. I felt right at home the first time I came to campus and I knew that I was destined to be a Buckeye right in that moment. My momma also said I had to be a Buckeye 😉
What classes did you enjoy the most?
Line Dancing!! I wouldn’t be a 4-H alum and not plug this class but it was SO MUCH FUN!! More seriously, I also really enjoyed my visual communication intro class!
What student organizations have you been involved in (locally and nationally) and what roles did you hold within those organizations (if applicable)? How were these organizations beneficial to your collegiate experience?
H2O Church – small group leader
Collegiate 4-H at Ohio State – Vice President
These organizations have become a vital part of my college experience and I love all these people with my whole heart. They have helped me to grow and learn and become a better woman and I can’t imagine what my experience at OSU would have been like without them.
What internships did you complete and what were your responsibilities/projects as an intern? How were they impactful in figuring out your career path?
Marion County 4-H – all other duties as assigned J But in all seriousness, this internship is what solidified for me that I wanted to go into Extension Education, but also that I was cut out for it! Margo Long, my cooperating Educator, has become a dear friend and mentor and has taught (and is still teaching!) me so much about what it means to care for a community!
Ohio 4-H Camping and Older Youth – Working with Sarah Longo has been nothing short of amazing and I have had the most wonderful opportunities to learn and grow and play! Working with teens this semester has shown me where my passions truly lie and I love that I’ve been able to work with them so closely.
What do you plan to do after graduation? (If you don’t have anything planned yet, THAT IS TOTALLY OK!!!!!)
Be a 4-H Educator (or something close!)
What stands out as your best college memory?
Many late-night walks on campus with friends. So many memories on this campus for me that hold so many laughs and fears. Also Late Night Zumba and Sunrise Yoga!
What advice would you give to the freshman version of yourself?
There is not a mold you need to fit into in college. Stop trying to!