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Quenaysha Copes
Euclid, OH
Political Science
Recommended campus resource: Your academic advisor. As someone who was unsure about her major, I got well acquainted with my academic advisor. You should get to know yours, too! They are here to support you and ensure that you're on the path to success. It’s nice knowing someone has your back!

Kenneth Harvey
Centerburg, OH
Welding Engineering
Motivation to excel: How amazed and excited my parents are that I'm here. They never had the opportunity to go to college, so to them, Ohio State is a magical place. Anytime I feel burnt out, I know I can send them a photo of the stadium and say “I walk by this every day!” and they’ll get so excited.

Shen Huang
Powell, OH
Psychology, Social Work
Recommended campus resource: Your academic advisor. I turned to mine when I had questions or was anxious about my career options. Depending on your college, you can schedule an appointment online or via email.

Ahniya Jones Amit Khanna Keji Latio

Ahniya Jones
Toledo, OH
English, Sociology
A transformational Ohio State experience: Instead of going home for spring break my first year, I participated in an alternative spring break service trip. We worked to fight food insecurity in Washington, D.C., and I came back to campus reminded why I'm in college, why I chose my major, and why it's important to fight for underserved communities.

Amit Khanna
Liberty Township, OH
Recommended campus resource: Your professors' office hours. If you go regularly and talk to your professors, you'll be more motivated to succeed and earn better grades.

Keji Latio
Canal Winchester, OH
Respiratory Therapy
How to make friends: Being part of a learning community, surrounded by people with similar values, made it a bit easier for me to make new friends — but I still had to put myself out there! Hang out in common spaces and chat with people around you, and don't be afraid to get involved in your dorm and around campus.

Mackenzie Leatherman Nick McLaughlin Shruti Nayak

Mackenzie Leatherman
Honolulu, HI
Social Work
Advice for new students: Don't compare yourself or your journey to others. Sometimes it may feel like everyone has it together except you, but everyone struggles with something. Everyone's journey is different, so just focus on your own and work to reach your goals.

Nick McLaughlin
Hilliard, OH
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Advice for new students: Use a planner. It will make your transition to Ohio State easier. You'll have a lot to keep track of in a given week, and a planner will make it easier. I started using one during my second semester, and I found myself working more efficiently and forgetting less than before.

Shruti Nayak
West Union, OH
Political Science
A transformational Ohio State experience: I joined the mock trial team my first year, and it's been very meaningful to me. It's pushed me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to some amazing people. Some of my favorite Ohio State memories are those of competing alongside my teammates.

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Bella Parlette
Nashville, TN
Political Science, Spanish
Most surprising thing about Ohio State: The size! I came from a small high school, so I was a little anxious about navigating such a huge place. It wasn't long, though, until I could find my way around with ease. You don't need to fear Ohio State's size.

Alexandra Perry
Carmel, IN
Biology, Zoology
A transformational Ohio State experience: In my first year, I got very involved with the Boxing Club. It gave me a way to get out of my academic mindset for a bit, be with friends, stay fit and have fun. By the end of the year, I was friends with almost everyone in the club and even had a role in organizing it on the event board.

Kasie Rogers
Youngstown, OH
Recommended campus resource: As part of the Young Scholars Program, I was assigned an Academic Success Partner to help my track my progress through my college transition. Like a Peer Leader, my ASP offered me advice and connected me to resources. Try to identify a person like that as soon as possible — building a foundational support system is pivotal to your college transition.

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Abby Vander Pas
Lake Zurich, IL
A transformational Ohio State experience: There are a lot of service organizations on campus, but, as part of Fisher College of Business, I chose to get involved in FisherCares. It's allowed me to explore my interests in non-profit organizations alongside other business students through lectures and hands-on service projects, and it's inspired me to consider different career paths after graduating.

Christian Wynn
Columbus, OH
French, History
A transformational Ohio State experience: Before I joined Mixed Heritage Buckeyes, I never knew other people had similar experiences as me, being a biracial person. It was very exciting to meet people who looked like me and who've had similar experiences.