Taryne Porter, Junior, Middle Childhood Education
Hello! My name is Taryne Porter and I’m a Middle Childhood Education major at The Ohio State University at Newark. I was born in Ohio, my family settled in Pataskala. I was raised in Licking County and graduated from Licking Heights High School. Wanting to see the world, my college journey began when I accepted an academic scholarship to West Virginia University. After becoming homesick (you don’t know what you have until it’s gone) country roads led me home to Columbus where I continued my education at the Columbus campus. Realizing the class sizes were enormous, and that I was being exposed to more people in a 5-mile radius than I had ever encountered in Licking Country, I decided on one final move. I found my home on the Newark campus. I was thrilled to discover that while it was also closer to home, it offered me the opportunity to complete my major. The education program here is extensive, fulfilling and has enhanced my passion for teaching. The time here has provided me with exposure to amazing faculty members, fellow students, alumni and community members that all share the same love for our humble campus. Wonderful things happen here! During my time at Ohio State Newark, I have had the honor of being crowned homecoming queen, spent multiple years volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a lunch buddy and community match, and I have had multiple field and volunteer opportunities through the education program that has allowed me to impact the youth in our community.
Off campus I share my love for cheerleading by coaching at an all-star facility in Gahanna. I also spent years giving back to my high school and their affiliated youth league as a coach and program director. Working six days a week outside of school definitely has its challenges, but in my book challenges are welcome. When I miraculously have a day (or even an hour) off, you will find me in a nook of campus with my nose in a book or at home gardening and hanging out with my animals.
I currently only have three semesters remaining before my time is up. I am cherishing every moment on this campus with my friends and fellow Buckeyes. My goals in life are to provide my students and athletes with empowerment, confidence and the ability to become successful in the real world. I am thankful for my time at Ohio State Newark and for being a Buckeye. Being one has allowed me to thrive in my own fields and I look forward to representing the Scarlet and Grey for life! Go Bucks!