Experiential Education: How Learning by Doing is Fueling my Passion
Since day one of my freshman year at Findlay, my professors stressed the importance of experiential learning. Sure, you will learn a lot in the classroom, but applying the knowledge gained in the real world is invaluable. Since then, I have landed two incredible internships: one with the Cleveland Browns and one at Marathon Petroleum Corporation. During my final UF semester, I decided to take on different experiential learning opportunities that challenge me in some new ways.
Sophomore year, my best friend and I won UF’s inaugural Innovation Competition. One of the judges, Ed Hartman, a venture capitalist in Northwest Ohio, wanted me to help him out with some of the companies he was doing work with. I now do work through him for two different companies: Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Innovative Controls Corporation (ICON). I handle social media marketing, analytics and advertising for Findlay Chrysler and I do email marketing for ICON. These opportunities allow me to have creative freedom while exploring the automotive and process engineering industries. I also create my own schedule, deadlines, and projects. While an amazing experience, I am tested on my self-discipline, time management, and organizational skills.
This semester I am also doing a fellowship with the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). The CCE is in the Duane and Kathleen Jebbett Leadership Room on the first floor of UF’s Center for Student Life and College of Business. The CCE supports a network of community partners to interconnect resources and address complex social issues such as food security, transportation and workforce development. This opportunity has opened my eyes not only to some of the issues that Hancock County faces, but how all the different organizations and initiatives make a positive impact towards addressing those issues. I also get the opportunity to do two of my favorite things during this fellowship: web design and content marketing. I am currently redesigning all aspects of the CCE website as well as assisting with creating media to be used for both the CCE and the various organizations around Hancock County.
I am grateful for the opportunities that I have this semester to grow both professionally and personally. I feel that I am better preparing myself for life post-graduation through applying the knowledge I learned in the classroom to real companies. Seeing the results of my work and the impact that it is having on each business is truly fulfilling! I am doing what I love during my final semester at Findlay.