Junior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 9 January 2017 –
My sophomore year at Ohio University, I was able to find a co-op with a company called Rovisys, a company that specializes in automation controls. Rovisys came to the career fair, and were represented by two OU graduates. Since then I have been able to get to know many different alumni from Ohio University that work there. I believe that is what makes the Russ College great, its vast network of alumni that are involved.
I started working at Rovisys not knowing what to expect, but soon I found coworkers that were able to help me when I didn’t know what to do, and were always willing to help me out when I had questions. After working with different projects, I found myself relating with a group manager who had graduated from Ohio University in 2008.
After switching groups to the glass division, I found myself working directly with him on his projects. He was able to get me involved with projects that used cutting-edge technology to assist with the glass making and molding process. In that time I was able to learn many different technologies that allowed me to expand my knowledge on PLCs, data analytics, and general systems engineering.
Over the Winter Break, my group manager was able to throw me into a project for four weeks that got my involved in creating the HMI’s for a glass melting process. Instead of working on busy work, I was able to go into work each day knowing that I would be helping with something that excited me. With the guidance of an Ohio University Alum as my project manager, I have been able to greatly advance myself as a professional engineer.
Athens, OH 18 October 2013 – Every college student struggles with the same dilemma at least once in their collegiate career: how am I going to find the money to pay for this next semester? How am I going to afford rent next year? How can I finance my education and still have a fun and active social life? I know I have met this challenge many times, and it can seem almost impossible at times to scrape together the money needed to survive college. As I finish up my time here at OU, I reflect on the many sources of income I have used in order to have a continuous education and keep my student debt as small as possible.
I was lucky to enroll at OU with the promise of several scholarships I earned because of my performance in high school, and these have helped tremendously. I also filled out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form every year, and this gave me access to many grants, subsidized loans, and unsubsidized loans. I highly recommend this form for any student worried about paying for their education; it is available online for free, and is completed with your parents. It’s a great place to start.
Ohio University also has an easy online form for students to fill out to become eligible for aid provided by the university or specific college. When I first completed this form I was awarded several forms of financial aid just because of my field of study and academic achievements and without having to fill out individual scholarship packets. From there, I visited the Financial Aid office (located in Chubb Hall) multiple times a quarter/semester. They are always getting information for new scholarship and grant opportunities for any and all disciplines.
I also scoured the internet for “free money” in the form of smaller grants or scholarships. Many of these were through small philanthropic organizations that had annual scholarship monies that would often go unclaimed year after year because they simply didn’t have any applicants! I’ll admit, writing essays and gathering transcripts and letters of recommendation was a daunting task at first, but after a few individual scholarship applications I had several essays I could modify and a group of people who I knew I could count on for a stellar letter of recommendation. By the time I was in my 4th year I had won several smaller scholarships that added up to be a huge help in paying for college. It doesn’t hurt to try! Student and professional organizations are also a great source of financial help. It just takes a little bit of time to look.
I’ve also worked many jobs over the course of my education, from a van driver to an usher to working at a bar. Some of these jobs I found with help from the university, and others by sending my resume to any business that would take it. There’s always a way to pay those tuition bills! If you ever have any questions, visit the friendly people at Financial Aid and they’ll help you as much as they can!