Rob S. of Berkeley Heights, NJ is graduating with his degree in Psychology. Some of his favorite hobbies include watching sports, playing video games, and taking selfies with stranger’s dogs. One of Rob’s favorite experiences at Ohio State was attending the game against TTUN in 2016 and having a sideline pass pregame. Along with the Horseshoe, two of Rob’s favorite places on campus include the top floor of Thompson Library and the CRC drop-in center. After graduation, Rob looks to become more involved with non-profit organizations in the state of Ohio while preparing for graduate school. Rob said the Collegiate Recovery Community helped him in many ways. “It provided me lifelong friends, access to resources on campus, allowed me to grow into the man I am today, and has provided me an authentic college experience.”
Grace R. of Hilliard, Ohio is graduating with a degree in Social Work. Some of her favorite hobbies include Hiking, horseback riding, and playing with my dog Clue. Some of her favorite experiences at The Ohio State University include being positively influenced by professors and fellow student’s passion. Her favorite place on campus is The CRC “It is a place where I am surrounded by individuals that I relate to and can be authentically me.” After graduation Grace plans on continuing her education through earning a Masters degree in Social Work. Through being involved with the CRC Grace says she has gained a greater since of belonging and connection to campus. “Having support for my education and long-term recovery by a program of people who are eager to celebrate with me when I succeed and to assist me in my times of need is invaluable and I am forever grateful.”
Marty Lewis of Cleveland, OH is an alumnus of The Ohio State University and the CRC and graduated with a degree in Communications. He is now a Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator for one of the largest mortgage lenders the country. His interests include stand-up comedy, attending sporting events, hanging out with friends, getting ice cream and sitting around a campfire. He is engaged to his high-school sweet heart and girlfriend of eight years. Together they have three dogs: a six year old Keeshond and two Australian Shepard puppies. Of course, Marty’s favorite place on campus is our CRC drop-in center and his most memorable moment as a Buckeye was celebrating our National Championship victory with his old roommates.
“My journey from addiction to recovery was very humbling. I would also describe it to be well assisted. The number of people, groups and organizations that were willing to help out was impressive, the only thing that I needed to do was to get out of the way and humble myself. My willingness to try things that I have never done before was instrumental in my recovery. As well as being able to stay open minded to take advice from those who had more experience and knew more than I did.” Long-term recovery can mean a lot of things to different people. “To me, being in long-term recovery quite obviously has very little to do with substances and has more to do with how I structure and live my life on a daily basis. Today I have serenity and peace of mind knowing that just because I am clean and sober doesn’t mean that I am immune to the challenges and difficulties of life. The difference is that today I have a solution, an outlet and a support group that I can turn to.” Marty spoke very highly of the CRC. “The CRC enhanced my student experience by keeping me accountable, and helping me prioritize my life. It was in the CRC that I was challenged to set goals that before recovery would have seemed impossible to accomplish”.
As an alumnus of the CRC, we were interested in what his recovery looks like post-graduation. “My entire life has changed upon graduating, I got engaged to the love of my life, began an excellent career and I’m preparing for the next chapter of my life. As my life changes and my environments change, so does my recovery. I began to notice the importance of my recovery more and more as life begins to progress and improve, because none of it would be possible without my recovery.” Marty wanted to let new members of the CRC that “the most important aspect of the Collegiate Recovery COMMUNITY, is the community. A community is only as good as the members that make it up. Commit wholeheartedly to the CRC, make it a priority, take a leadership role and you’ll be amazed. I did and it changed my life.”