Meet Jade!

Hometown: McArthur, OH

Class Year (First Year at OSU)/College Major: 2020; Exercise Science on a pre-medicine track

What motivated you to go to college? With the help of my family, friends, and educators, I realized that I had the potential to expand my horizons past my small town. I knew that I needed to chase after my goals and live up to that potential and the first step along that journey is college.

Best takeaway from your participation in BFSP? My best takeaway from BFSP is that it is incredibly important to find your community early on. By joining BFSP before I even got to campus, I was able to ease my nerves about moving to a huge university as a first-gen student and know that there were already so many people that were there to help me succeed.

How has your first-gen identity helped you find success during your college journey?
My first-gen identity became something that helped me succeed when I changed my perspective to view it as a strength instead of a weakness. Although there are some things that I lack because of my first-gen identity, I have determination, devotion, and resilience that I would not have developed if I had a different upbringing. These three traits will be contributing factors in my future success.

What would you tell your freshman self? Something that I would tell my freshman self is that your failures don’t define you; it’s how you respond that does. We are going to have bad exam grades and rough days but instead of being bound by these things, we can choose to learn from them and better ourselves in the hope that when we face these challenges again, the outcome will be much different.

What has been the best thing about your college experience?
The best part of my college experience has been all the incredible opportunities I’ve had at my disposal. I’ve met a ton of great people from many different backgrounds that are now my best friends, joined clubs and organizations that fit my specific interests, and have been able to study something that I’m truly passionate about. These things have allowed me to learn more about myself in eight months than I have in my entire life.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Personally and/or professionally?
In five years, I see myself completing my third year of medical school. I hope to still be in Columbus with a spouse, considering starting a family and beginning the search for a residency program that I’ll begin after I earn my doctoral degree.