Dear Findlay: A Letter to Everyone I’ve Known the Past 4 Years
Dear Findlay (and everyone affiliated),
August 2014, was the beginning of my senior year of high school. For most of my classmates, that meant preparing for homecoming, getting senior pictures, and taking the ACT to prep for college. For me, the beginning of senior year meant taking a huge risk by going full time to the University of Findlay. I was scared and nervous, because no one from my high school ever left early to go full time to college, no less a college that was an hour away. Would I feel welcomed by the students? Would faculty and staff take me seriously? Would I feel alone by taking the risk of bypassing senior year of high school?
From the first day of my college experience at Findlay as a high school senior, I immediately felt at home. I was surrounded by faculty and staff that cared about student success and provided guidance and mentorship on a plethora of things. Classmates became close friends who didn’t mind that I was still in high school. There were plenty of clubs and events happening outside of class that let me feel at home. I decided not even a month into attending Findlay as a CCP student that I wanted to stay here post-graduation.
As a College of Business student, I was able to take so many interesting classes, from management to macroeconomics to accounting. The things I was learning were interesting and applicable to the real world, but the main reason I loved the classes was because the professors that taught them were so passionate. I remember when my accounting professor, Dr. Louann Cummings, walked in to my Accounting 1 class on the first day. She exclaimed, “Accountants RULE the world! Are you going to become one?” Another example would be my management class, where Dr. Scott Grant would be blasting music and welcome every single person into class as they walked in. Nearly every professor in the College of Business knew my name and what I wanted to do post-college; they cared about their students.
The dedication to students that the College of Business exemplified was the reason I had five internships during my short time here. I was able to have a dream internship with the Cleveland Browns. I got to have the experience of a lifetime doing a co-op for Marathon Petroleum Corporation. I helped to start a student-run, on-campus marketing agency. I was able to become a consultant with three different clients. I got to finish my senior year helping build the Center for Civic Engagement’s platform. In each opportunity, I absolutely loved everything while learning so much about the industry, marketing, and myself. I highly doubt I would have had any of these experiences if not for all the faculty and staff in the College of Business. Now I get to work for The J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville (Akron), Ohio being around my biggest passion: FOOD. I get to learn all about Smuckers, Jif, Pillsbury, Crisco, Folgers, Milk Bone, Meow Mix, and the other approximately 94 products they have!
Aside from all the professional growth I had at Findlay, I made lifelong friends and memories here. Without getting into detail, high school was not a pleasant time for me. I often felt trapped in a “bubble” and didn’t have many friends or fond memories despite my attempts. It was part of the reason I actually decided to leave school early to attend college. I realized quickly how different (and better) college is than high school from a social perspective, and the family-like culture of Findlay certainly was a factor. From the late-night bonding sessions with fellow Oiler 10 students to the spontaneous trips to Columbus to go shopping, I have made so many wonderful memories here. Furthermore, I met my two best friends at Findlay, and we literally do everything together; we were inseparable here. I learned the true meaning of relationships and friendships at Findlay, and for that I am forever grateful.
It is hard to believe my experience as a student at Findlay is over, and as I prepare for my move to Wadsworth I can’t help but feel incredibly thankful for every person that I have met here. You all have helped me achieve goals I never would have thought were possible. You helped me understand the value of relationships, friendship, and mentorship. You all became my college family and Findlay became my second home.
Thank you all so much for everything you have done the past few years. I cannot wait to visit again and am thankful I am an Oiler for life.