Once again, I was lucky enough to sit down with my mentee and interview her for a second time. Paige Kovacs is in the second semester of her first year at Ohio State University. Paige is majoring in speech and hearing sciences, and she is very involved on campus!
I began the interview by asking Paige how her major is going. Paige and I are in the same major, so we can talk for hours together about our major. I can also give Paige study tips for the classes that she is in now, and I took last year. Paige is loving her major, and she is so passionate about speech pathology. She explained to me that the major is a good fit for her because it combines medicine, therapy, and teaching. This topic then lead me to ask if her plans had changed at all. Paige explained that she still wants to go to graduate school for speech pathology, but she is now thinking of possibly pursuing a doctorate degree, also. As of now, Paige is interested in working in a hospital with trauma patients. Paige is very passionate and ambitious about her future, and I cannot wait to see all of her amazing accomplishments.
After talking about academics, we began talking about Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars and other extracurricular activities that Paige is involved in on campus. I began by asking Paige how her first semester in Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars went. Her first semester, as a scholar, was great. Paige has made so many awesome friends in the group. She is also thankful for all the service opportunities that she found through ACES. The events and community meetings have really helped her learn a lot about Ohio State and all the great programs the school has to offer. I also asked Paige what other clubs/ organizations she has joined. She was super excited because she had just received a bid from Ohio State’s only pre-health sorority, Delta Omega Kappa. She has already meant a lot of nice girls in Delta Omega Kappa, and she loves how all of the girls are so motivated in their academic endeavors. Paige attends weekly new member meetings where she has a chance to really gets to know all the members of her pledge class. On April 7th , she will be initiated and become an active member of the sorority. Paige is so excited to see where her journey in Delta Omega Kappa takes her; she is even interested in running for an executive position in the sorority. Paige is also involved in the national language speech hearing association on campus. This corresponds directly with her major and is a great way to network with people who are going through the same courses as her. She is part of a “family” in this group, and she loves having those older students for advice in classes and on the major, in general. She is also involved in a club called, A Kid Again, and she loves volunteering within that club. As you can tell, Paige did not waste any time becoming involved on campus!
Overall, Paige’s favorite experience at Ohio State was Buckeyethon. This was an eye-opening experience in which she meant strong children battling cancer. She joined the Smith Steeb team with her friends, and she will never forget what a powerful experience it was. Paige and I ended the interview by talking about her goals for second semester. One of her goals was to earn a high gpa, but she also wants herself to realize that it is okay to receive a B in a class. Another goal of Paige’s is to be elected for leadership position in one of her clubs. I think these goals are great, and I cannot wait to see what Paige does in her second semester and upcoming years of college.