For the past two years, Johnny Schwartz has been working and studying his way toward a degree in Agricultural Business and Applied Economics. We know you’ll enjoy reading about his unique journey.
When Johnny first visited Ohio State, he was a student at another university living a completely different life. But the culture and tradition of the scarlet and gray drew him in, as they often do, and Johnny decided to become a Buckeye for Life.
Hailing from a small town outside New York City, moving to Columbus was a big adjustment for Johnny – but he knew it would be worth it.
“Columbus has a good energy,” Johnny beamed, reflecting on his time in the 6-1-4. For Johnny, the most unique quality of Ohio State is the social and cultural ties that our community forms. The feelings of pride, loyalty, dedication and passion are bonds that connect Buckeyes across the nation and the globe.
With so much passion for Ohio State, it’s hard to believe Johnny has only been a Buckeye for two short years. He speaks of it as though it’s been the center of his world his whole life. But Johnny feels that transferring to Ohio State from another school has allowed him to appreciate his experiences more and take pride in his own contributions to those experiences.
All of these feelings came to a head for Johnny at the Spring Game in 2016 when he raced on the field and won. Getting the chance to stand on the field and meet Zeke, Braxton and Urban was something he will never forget.
In his spare time, Johnny enjoys walking his dog and expressing his unique perspectives on his Instagram page. He views social media as a way to focus on his environment and the impact that it has on him, rather than focusing on himself.
One thing is for sure: Johnny is an independent soul who has paved his own way. Holding many jobs growing up, he has worked in marketing for the medical field, retail, food service and even landscaping.
The most important thing for him in each chapter of his life has been to find something he is passionate about. Thinking about graduating this spring, Johnny has an open mind and is exploring many options, hoping for one that will allow him to keep central Ohio as a part of his future.
For incoming Buckeyes, Johnny says simply “don’t be afraid.” He hopes they will interpret that statement in a way that is most meaningful for them.
Johnny thinks of Columbus as a mini New York City, where culture and diversity abound. For him, Columbus is the “trifecta” – it’s a state capital, home to a major university and a Top 20 Metropolitan city. He sees opportunities for social and political change taking root here as a result of all of those factors.
“Ohio is my second home,” Johnny shared, noting that the love Ohioans have for their state is infectious. He feels it has been the best place for him to get started, and we wholeheartedly agree.