Meet Katlyn!


Richwood, OH

Class Year & Major (Start Year at OSU):

Fall of 2021, Molecular Genetics Pre-PA, Developmental Psychology Minor

What motivated you to go to college?

I want to go to college to create a better future for myself. I was also motivated to go to college to go pursue a career in healthcare along with genetics to help people like my grandma that suffered from COPD and my grandfather that suffered from lung cancer.

Best takeaway from your participation in BFSP?

The best takeaway from participating in BFSP was the sense of community that I was able to build and learn all of the resources this campus has to offer you. When going to campus as big as OSU, they have a resource for any and everything you would need as a student and also as an adult living on your own for the first time.

How has your first-gen identity helped you find success during your college journey?

My first-gen identity helped me find success during my college journey as it keeps me motivated to keep on going even when there are a few bumps in the road. Being a first-gen also has made a more motivated person in college, as I have the big dream of being the first in my family to get a college degree and to show anyone that has ever doubted me in my life that I can do great things and get the degree I have always wanted.

What would you tell your freshman self?

If I had to tell my high school senior something, it would be that this is the right place for you and that you belong here and that you can do it. I remember right before I started my freshman year here, I was so nervous because I was afraid I wasn’t going to fit in or find people to be friends with but through all the clubs and my participation in buckeye first I have found so many friends and people that want to see you succeed in every goal and dream that you have.

What has been the best thing about your college experience?

The best thing about my Ohio State college experience is finding a place that I can call home and that I truly feel welcome. Another thing I have truly enjoyed from my Ohio state college experience is the support I have received from faculty, staff, and my friends.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Personally and/or professionally?

In 5 years, I see myself about being ready to graduate with my master’s degree from a physician assistant school and getting to start the next step of my life into my professional career.