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Sam Bodary

BA, English Literature, 2016

What school did you transfer from?

Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Why did you choose Ohio State?

I grew up in Ohio, and Ohio State was willing to accept almost all of my credits from Belmont and high school. It made sense financially, but also, Ohio State has a pretty stellar English program.

Tell us about your accomplishments at Ohio State.

My 50-page senior thesis paper for English was a big accomplishment. It dug into previously unacknowledged metafictional engagement between American novelists David Foster Wallace and J.D. Salinger. I presented this work at the Spring Research Forum and received a URO Summer Fellowship to work on it full time for a few months.

I also ran a community outreach program, Buckeye Leaders at the Library, for two semesters. This program is a part of Student Life Social Change: Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection. I spent about 20 hours a week working directly with K-12 students at Columbus library branches, including Linden, Livingston, Martin Luther King, Hilltop and Franklinton. My team of volunteers and I worked closely together to bring STEM, art and literacy programs to these neighborhoods. My work was honored with the Ida B. Wells Award for the Arts and Humanities

What advice do you have for students transferring into Ohio State?

Well, when I first transferred I tried out for an improv group. I didn’t make it, but was able to meet some pals along the way. It’s important to just jump into something, and even more important make a fool of yourself. Just get yourself out of your comfort zone.

Don’t just invest in Ohio State.”

There is so much that the city of Columbus has to offer, no matter what you’re into. For me, the music scene in Columbus feels like home.  I met most of my friends just by going to shows and finding places to play. If you’ve got a hobby or passion, odds are there’s an event coming up where you can meet people with similar interests.

Future Plans?

Currently I work for Battelle Education as an office assistant.  The main goal of the department is to bring innovative education to students everywhere, especially underrepresented populations. We focus on STEM education and actively engaged learning. The job is similar to what I did for Buckeye Leaders at the Library, but on a much larger scale. I’m happy with it but I still don’t know what I want to be “when I grow up.” I’m happy Columbus is where I get to figure that out.

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