Welcome. I'm Florence Plazmann, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, we are the home of choices. We are the place where you come to explore what you are passionate about, and to discover new things that interest you. With more than 70 majors from wildlife biology and forensic chemistry to English literature in psychology, you will have a big menu of courses and experiences. And you will probably change your mind a few times. And that's okay. I've done that myself several times during my college days. We will help you graduate on plan and on time. And all our majors will provide you with the critical skills you need to be successful in your career. Whether you're thinking about medical school, law school, or the Peace Corps, or if you envision yourself in business, or healthcare, or public service. My advice to you is to try new things and find your passion, simply because you will be more successful, and also get better grades, studying what captures your attention and your imagination. That could mean trying something you didn't experience in high school, like criminology, or Japanese or urban sustainability, or meteorology. And you might want to double major or at a minor in something like African American studies or paleontology, or a certificate in gender studies, or Middle East or North Africa. You can see why I call us the home of choices. One particular piece of advice I have for you now while you're waiting for your life to get back to normal is to think about all the things you want to do while you are at Ohio. Then create your college bucket list and fill up your checkout basket was experiences you don't want to miss. When we are seniors what they will tell incoming students we hear things like discover the bike paths and hiking trails around campus. Don't wait till your senior to look for an internship or do research with a professor. Try lots of student clubs and organizations. Get to know your professors. They are going to be your references for grad school and jobs. And they'll be part of your forever Ohio memories. It's going to be a fast trip through efforts. But make sure you take time to breathe in the ambience of Athens brick lined streets and wooded hills. And don't miss this opportunity to explore your full potential. Best wishes for your next steps. And I'm looking forward to welcoming you at Ohio in the fall.
Welcome to our discussion about the College of Arts and Sciences. My name is Olivia Ratcliffe Tati, and I'm here today with Dr. Sarah gionee, the Associate Dean and political science professor, we just heard Dean plasmin talk about the options that you have in the College of Arts and Sciences. For example, I also took the path, as I will be graduating in the spring, with a degree in psychology, also minor in Spanish and sociology, as well as getting a certificate in forensic studies, what led me to these options was the help of the wonderful resource department within the College of Arts and Sciences. They really led me I would go there every semester to have them look at my schedule. And they really just helped me, guide me to where I needed to be, which leads me to being able to graduate on time. But I know that having all of these choices can either be liberating or daunting. So Dr. prigioni, I understand that yours you have a staff of professional advisors who are here to help guide the students here at the university. You help them explore their interests and aptitudes. Could you tell me a little more about that?
Yes. But first, Olivia, I just want to say congratulations sake, what an amazing thing to be both a little sad, I'm sure. But also exciting to be moving on with what's next for you. And I'm so happy that you explored so many different things in arts and sciences, and really found ways to knit together your interests and what you're passionate about. So that's really exciting. I'm also really happy that the folks and Undergraduate Student Affairs and the professional advisors there were able to help you find those things that you're passionate about, and weave them together in a plan that suits you. And so I think that's amazing. And that's really what the folks and Undergraduate Student Affairs do. One thing that's really important is lots of students find their path while they're here at Ohio University. They may have an interest, they may have an area that they're interested in a set of problems or concerns, but often they're they're finding what their major or their degree might be or additional opportunities like minors and certificates that might really help them augment their skills while they're here. And one of the things we know is that 70% of students change their majors sometime during their college career. So those folks and Undergraduate Student Affairs, those professional advisors can help students find what they're good at, get support for things that they need a little extra help on, and find what they're passionate about, and figure out how to translate that into the career and what they want. Next step in their process.
And I can absolutely touch on that a little bit as well. I've always been a psychology major, but I also was wanting to go into physical therapy. So I ended up switching my path along the way, of course, I was still a psychology major, but I decided to not do the physical therapy route, which led me to where I am today.
I think that makes total sense. And that's such an experience that most many of our students have. So they have a passion, maybe it's healthcare, maybe it's psychology, maybe it's math, maybe it's politics in government, and they figure out paths that make a lot of sense for them. So I'm so glad to hear that. And I think that students who come to you are definitely going to have that experience to
Absolutely, thank you. I know that while we students are having fun exploring our interests here at Ohio, many parents have just one question, what kind of jobs can you get with this degree, I know that while I'm graduating with a degree in psychology, my path is to go on to graduate school and get a doctorate for forensic psychology. But I could have just as easily pursued a career in business, healthcare, or social services. And that menu of choices is also available for all majors within the College of Arts and Sciences. So it looks like we're back to the question of choices. This time for our career path after college. As I am graduating in the spring, I will be so sad to be leaving Ohio, because it has left such an imprint in my heart and in my path. But I know I have been prepared to go out into the real world and get that work experience. Dr. buitoni, can you talk about the kind of career skills that the College of Arts and Sciences provides for the students here at Ohio?
Definitely. And one of the things that I think is really important is that students sometimes think that if they major in psychology, for example, that they can't go into business. And actually, there's valuable skills that you learn across the College of Arts and Sciences, that really are going to help those folks succeed in a number of different career paths. So one of the things that you learn, generally speaking, and something that I'm actually pretty partial to is quantitative skills, literacy, about how to interpret numbers, how to understand them, when you see them, and sometimes even how to generate numbers and data yourself, right? These are really important skills. And they're important across a huge range of fields, right? They're important, Dan education, they're important in healthcare, they're important in business, they're important in public affairs. So there's a number of different venues where this is really valuable. This is something that you learn in the College of Arts and Sciences, regardless of your major. In addition, communication skills, what we're doing here today, right, and that's both oral and written communication skills. We know that our students in arts and sciences, regardless of their majors, get prepared for those things. Those are things that employers really want and are looking for. We also talk about skills like leadership and working in teams, right. These are also essential to the modern workplace. One of the things that folks always talk about is the fact that when they go out, so much of the work that they do has to be collaborative, it has to integrate with other folks. And so this is a huge skill that you learn here in arts and sciences. And the key about these kinds of skills is they're transferable. They don't just work in one venue, they work in multiple venues, because one of the things we know about the modern career path is that most folks change careers, they don't just change jobs, they change careers, they refine careers, they hone careers a little bit. But some folks entirely changed career paths 234 times over their lifetime. These kinds of skills are transferable. They work in one setting, and you can pick them up and they have value in another setting. So I think that's one of the really important things about the College of Arts and Sciences. One of the things you mentioned as well, is that you're very sad to leave Athens and I know that's the case for so many of our alumni, one of the things that's really important and that I can probably suggest it's going to happen in your case is you'll be back. You're going to go out there become a successful alumni, and then you're going to come back to you and share your experiences with students. This is one of the most valuable things that we have. So the passion of our alumni, their commitment to their excitement about coming back to campus and sharing everything they know with our current students is such a huge value. And one of the key ways it's valuable is yes, it helps students figure out and get access to internships and other kinds of experiential learning. But it also helps students articulate how these skills fit into the workplace because they can see when these alumni come back and say I use this, I learned to this here, right. And I do this all the time. And so they really understand how to package themselves, talk to potential employers, and really understand the value of everything they've learned during their education here at Ohio University.
Absolutely. And what I will say about internships as I get an email almost every week from the psychology department and College of Arts and Sciences, regarding internship opportunities. So it's really important for students to take advantage of these and not to wait until their senior year like I did. And also, as far as leadership, there are plenty of leadership positions that you can gain on campus, just because of the multiple organizations that we do hold on campus. And one of them that's a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, of course, is psychology club. So anything that you're looking forward to gain that leadership experience, it's here.
That's actually a great point, Olivia, because so many of our majors have clubs and organizations that allow students to work collectively with their peers and to gain that kind of experience. We also have organizations here at the college level, we have student ambassadors that go out there and represent the College of Arts and Sciences. Those are really valuable leadership and experiential learning opportunities, because students are learning and they're applying what they've learned in their courses.
Absolutely. Can you give us a quick sound bite for our parents when they ask?
Definitely, David Wolford president of Olympic steel, when he was able to come back and visit campus, he noted that he and his colleagues are looking for people like you. They're looking for qualified passionate arts and sciences, Ohio University students. One of the key things there again, is those transferable skills, he knows that those students can come in and do a variety of jobs, do a variety of positions and really are prepared for a variety of careers. They'll continue learning continue growing, and really become some of the most valuable assets to the organizations they work in.
Thank you. Dean plasmin mentioned something that I think we're all interested in knowing more about graduating on time. In fact, I think he said, on plan on time. So what does that mean, for a student coming in to AP ends
this fall? What it means is that our professional advisors will work with students to develop individualized plans that will allow them to figure out how they want to move towards their career path. We call this the Ohio guarantee plus, and it's really critical to helping students gather all the resources that they need to figure out what's next. And to get to what's next.
Wow,this guarantee sounds so exciting. You know, as a senior, I wish we would have had this when I first started. And I'm sure there are a lot of alumni who wish they would have had this opportunity as well. So I'm excited for the students who get to come in this fall, and have people there to help them and guide them through the next four years of their path here
at Ohio. And a really important note, Olivia is that it's not just this four years, it's beyond right. One of the really great things about Ohio University. And the guarantee plus, as well as our entire approach to career services and advising is that yes, we have professional academic advisors, we have career advisors, but these folks are here for you for your life.
Wow, that's amazing. With the guarantee Plus, it is important to note that it's not just a cakewalk. The students have to hold up their end of the bargain to
write. Definitely, you're exactly right, Olivia. This requires commitment from students as well. And it requires that students Remember, the key reason they're here is to prepare for what's next. And so we think this is a great focus for students to really think about their role, their commitment and their responsibility in the situation as well. So this is where students being attentive in class students, participating students using external opportunities, like going to speakers and events and meeting with alumni and looking for internships, and really taking advantage of all the opportunities and all the resources that are Marshal here at the university to help them succeed. This is what really makes the difference for students as well. And so guaranteed plus succeeds because it puts all that at student's fingertips. It's really students who need to take the action, and really take advantage of what's available to them.
And I'm sure they will.
Actually I think that's also a great point because our students do. I'm looking at folks right now who've done that. So that's really amazing. And what what is exciting about being here at Ohio University and working with our students in the College of Arts and Sciences,
yes, absolutely. And what I will say is, you know, as far as resources Ohio University offers so many resources. I was a resident assistant for two years, so I would really tell you know, students coming into real put emphasis on listening to what their resident Resident Assistants have to say, because they're really knowledgeable, just like the College of Arts and Sciences. So there's resources everywhere. We've talked a little bit about some of the experiences you can get here at Ohio. What are some things that you would put in your checkout basket? If you were a student here today?
That's a really good question. I think the focus on experiential learning is really one of the key things here at Ohio University. One of the things that I've seen for students who've engaged in internships, who've done community engagement courses, where as part of their course, they go out into the community, and they do something that has a positive impact on the community, but also helps them translate their coursework into real world real world experience. I think these are really exciting and great opportunities that I would definitely be putting in my basket, the opportunity to earn credit, at Ohio University to integrate all these things I've learned about read about talked about in my classes, and to be able to see it in practice, in an internship or a community engagement project that I think is really exciting. It also helps one build their resume, right? It makes it easier to talk about the great things that you learn the skills that you have, and what you know, and how they translate into being valuable out there in the real world as well.
Yes, thank you. Last question for you, Dr. prigioni. List of five words that you would describe living in Athens,
I think the first would have to be community. This is such a great and special community where folks have relationships with their neighbors, their colleagues, students, faculty, staff, it's really a wonderful community to be a not just Athens, but the broader Ohio University community. The second would have to be passionate. People here at Ohio University and in the Athens community really care about what they do. They're passionate about a number of different causes. They're passionate about the community. They're passionate about education. They're passionate about Ohio University. And that goes for our students, our faculty, our staff, our alumni. Next would be engaged. folks here in Athens are really engaged in issues problems and figuring out how to solve them. They really want to make things better. And that's the same spirit we have here at Ohio University as well. Another one is food. We have amazing food, we have a lot of things that are locally sourced and sustained here. It's great if you're a cook and a baker like me, but it's also great if you like to go out to restaurants also like me. So there's a lot of opportunities here to really eat and explore exciting and new things. And actually make and bake and create some of those things yourself as well.
Going off of that I would say My favorites are Casa nueva. Love it. Thai paradise men, we can not forget bagel, street deli, love it.
My daughter and I do bagel street deli quite often on the weekends, and also Casa because they have my favorite brunch, of all time. So I think there's some wonderful opportunities here and great things to eat. And I think the last thing that I would say is lifelong. The relationship that folks have here with Ohio University in Athens is lifelong. People come back they visit. Many times families send their children and their grandchildren here. So I think that's really an exciting community to be a part of.
I agree. As a student who is about to be leaving Athens, I'm so excited for the students who are about to come in, your experience is going to be great. You're going to learn so much about yourself and your life. And I'm so excited for you.
I'd also like to say, We're so excited that you'll be joining us. So thanks so much for being here. And thank you so much for having me.
It's been wonderful being here. Thank you for all of your wonderful information. And I hope everyone has a great day.
Coming into the university, I knew I wanted to get involved in countries in research and working to create a better and brighter future for the next generation. So with that, I opted for a wildlife and Conservation Biology major, because I aspire one day to conduct research for leading Nations Environment Program, or a similar non governmental organization. I combine this with minors in Spanish in history to give me a more holistic view and to open myself to new cultures and ideas. So over the past year and a half, I worked on a wide variety of projects. And currently I'm working to conduct an occupancy analysis. And we're working with Wayne national forest to help re secure funding for land management strategies through analysis
Coming into OU, I was just an environmental pre law major but that obviously changed over time and that's because of so much opportunity and And a desire to know more while I'm here, as I started learning under my geography major, I started becoming interested in human environment interactions, environmental justice, and environmental activism. You can always add things that interest you. There's nothing stopping you from pursuing two majors and then a certificate and a minor. Because of the opportunities available at OSU. I think it's always worth taking an interdisciplinary approach to your interests, find the ways that it connects to other things, especially within the College of Arts and Sciences, you're bound to find connections from one field to another coming in
that first weekend, there is the question of, did I make the right choice? Will I belong here? Will I be happy, all those big questions and the university work to support me, your first weekend, we tend to have a student org fair, and whether that's online or in person, it's a great way to connect with upperclassmen, and to explore the over 550 Plus, student orgs. Ohio University has to offer. And if there's not something you see that you'd like, you're always welcome to make your own club. From that we will start to feel a part of the bobcat family, because that's what we are here at Ohio University, our students, faculty, alumni, everyone in Athens, we are a part of the bobcat family,
every organization, every club that I've joined, has had such a major impact on what I want to do in the future. Ohio University mock trial has been so exciting to be a part of an organization that is so obviously growing, I feel as though like I played a role in that I had a hand in making something out, oh, you better and being part of building that family here. So my team means a lot to me. And my peers mean a lot to me. So I feel like it all extends from that,
as an out of state student originally from Connecticut coming in, I was unsure if I would fit in or belong. But from day one, week one, I knew this was the place I was meant to be. I had the chance to meet a wide variety of students from different backgrounds and identities and got to explore more of who I am, and who I want to be.
It's monumentally important to be involved outside of your classroom, because once you take that first step, you will realize that there's so much here for you that you want, and that isn't scary, and you will gain that confidence over time. So it's just about taking that first step.
I was also fortunate enough that I was in a learning community program, which was a class I shared with people within my major, and I was able to meet some of my closest friends through that. So the university really works to help you build your friendships, build those relationships, and prepare you to grow not only academically, but as an individual in the university.
Coming from high school, you realize that you have a lot more agency in college. And I think that was something that was hard for me to come to terms with. Nobody was telling me what I had to do, or what interest I had to pursue, or who to be friends with or who to work with. That's a lot left up to you. And I think it's about capitalizing on that opportunity to develop yourself in a way that you want.
Taking these lessons, knowledge base and field based experience and laboratories or in classrooms. Combined with the life lessons on leadership, community engagement and research and creative activity. I intend to help redefine the world of science, education and communication is foundation of advancement in society. And right now there is a disconnect between the scientific community and the general population. And I hope to help take my lessons to branch this divide and help to create a better and brighter tomorrow.
The opportunities that I have in the classroom, when that's reading and writing is all preparing me for that next level of my education. And then I think my organization's is what builds what I see for my future. I know that I want to go into a field that will allow me to protect the environment, and to protect humans that are disproportionately impacted by the environment. And I think that is because I've learned so much from my community and the people around me that okay, this is what I'm learning about. And this is how I can apply it in a way that's meaningful to me. We have a truly amazing student body, faculty and alumni base and everybody is there for everyone.
But I know even once I graduate the university still has our back because once bobcat always a bobcat.