This post is written by Emily Zito our chair and graduating senior. Emily has left a considerable impact on The Schey Sales Centre that will be seen for years to come. These are her thoughts after taking part in this years alumni experience day.
When I chose to go to Ohio University, I honestly never thought that I would love it as much as I do. As a senior less than three weeks from graduation, I am starting “The Lasts” checklist in my head. “Will this be my last time with these friends?” I never thought that I would graduate; that isn’t because of academics, it is just because I couldn’t fathom a life without Athens.
This Saturday, I attended the annual Alumni Experience Day event. I learned a lot about team building and communication skills but the one thing I realized is something that I didn’t think would ever happen… I am ready.
I like to call Athens my Neverland.
I don’t want to grow up; I don’t want things to change because change is scary. After speaking with all of the alumni I realized that this program not only changes your life while you are a student, but it truly prepares you for life after graduation. Just because I am leaving this place does not mean that it won’t be here when I want to return.
I saw all of the alumni hanging out like it had only been days since they last saw each other.
When we had the Q&A with alumni and students at the end of the event, I really took everything to heart. I know to put 10-15% of my paycheck in my 401K and to set money aside to pay for loans now, even though we don’t pay them for 6 months. I also learned that bars are more expensive outside of Athens and to make a life outside of work, whether that is Toastmasters, kickball, or sand volleyball. We don’t live to work, we work to live.
So to all of my seniors who are dreading May 4, realize that this program has set us up for success far beyond what we could have ever imagined. You have such a strong alumni network that they would do anything to help a recent graduate adjust to post-grad life. The Bobcat Nation is not just in Athens, it is everywhere.
Growing older is mandatory, growing up is a choice. Though you may not think so, you are ready. I am so excited to see all the great things my graduating class will do and I am so excited to give back to the program that has given me so much.
Emily’s linkedin profile can be found here. Emily will be working with Whirlpool corporation after graduation this year and has an exciting career ahead of her along with all of graduating Sales Centre candidates.