Well I did it. I am officially done with my undergraduate degree! I will be receiving a Bachelors in English next weekend from The Ohio State University! As excited as I am, I can’t help but be a little sad. Ohio State Marion is not going to be an easy place to leave. This place has been my knowledge center for four years. I have cried here, I have laughed here, and I have made so many wonderful memories. Ohio State Marion has truly built me into the person that I am today. There have been so many people that have believed in me and pushed me even when I felt like I had no idea where to turn. I changed my major four times and yet I am actually graduating on time! I have been told so many times that my degree is too broad and I will have to receive my masters to do anything worthwhile or to even get a great job. I have been told that going to a branch campus would be a mistake. I have been told that you never will experience the world if you do not leave home at 18. To all the people telling college students and graduating high school seniors all of these things, I have a message for you. This degree has prepared me to be able to professionally write in any and every situation. Name one job where there is not some form of writing! Staying close to home was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. I was able to financially put myself through school with minimal debt. I have had the support of my family every single step of the way throughout college. I have been able to give back to my hometown the entire time I have been in school. I did this through speaking on behalf of all the students at the Marion campus last year at the groundbreaking of some amazing improvements to this campus. I also represented the Marion campus and Marion itself, as a member of the 2015 homecoming court. Not only was I able to participate on campus, but I also became apart of a local young adult group through Dayspring Wesleyan Church where I was able to meet new people and develop a spiritual support system that I cherish dearly. You do not have to leave home to do great things. You do not have to get the degree that everyone tells you to get. I will succeed and I will use this degree to do great things in the future. Do not ever let people tell you that you can’t do it or you are not making the best decision for yourself. They do not have to live your life, you do. So make every decision for yourself and do not let the idea of a regional campus hold you back from chasing your dreams. I am in the process of chasing mine thanks to this campus and I could not be more excited!
So if you haven’t made it to the library this month yet you might not know that it’s National Poetry Month! The library is taking full advantage of this month! Along with a 2 displays in the Library Classroom building (one featuring the Cornfield Review and the other a Poet-Tree), there’s also a pop up display featuring some poetry books by faculty members, display cubes of famous poets, a children’s literature display, and the main attraction: Magnetic poetry!
Located right in front of the circulation desk there are two magnetic boards with countless little word magnets just waiting for you to come and create your own poem. I’ve spent quite a bit of time arranging and re-arranging words, and laughing with co-workers and patrons alike about random word mashups that sort of just come together on their own. Not only is this entertaining but I find myself sitting in front of the words and just feeling calm. There’s something soothing about a bunch of random words right in front of you sometimes, I guess.
So how did this great activity come to be? The credit goes to supervisor Deanna Bachtell. Deanna has been on board with the Campus Library 5 and 1/2 years as a student worker and 4 years as a Library Associate. Some of her personal creative writing has been featured in the Cornfield Review (2006 and 2007 issues) and she has submitted some of her creative writing to various creative writing journals. I’ve been lucky enough to read some of Deanna’s poetry and I definitely recommend it! Some of the magnets featured on magnetic poetry boards come from Deanna’s own personal magnetic poetry set. Some of Deanna’s favorite poets are Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda.
Stop by the library and check out all the awesome and fun displays, and say hi to Deanna!
Last week I had the wonderful chance to experience the International Festival on campus and all I can say is WOW! I found it so interesting that many different people found this event to be something that they wanted to be a part of. There were many families who had brought their children, there were high school students, and college students, and many different representations of culture. I had no idea that this event was something that had become so important to the community! This was completely inspiring to me. I figured that it would be mostly OSUM and MTC students but that was not the case at all! It was mostly families! Do you know what this means for this campus!? It means that we are reaching out and inviting people of all ages to come and be a part of what we are, and they are taking us up on the offer! They are feeling comfortable here and wanting to come learn here! We are inspiring young learners to not be afraid to learn about those different than you. If that is not inspiring and encouraging, than I do not know what is!