Ohio University-Zanesville Campus Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?


You have everything going for you if you would just apply yourself. You shouldn’t listen to those teachers who say you won’t amount to much. You are so much smarter than you give yourself credit for. If you continue on the path you are going, you will end up a 31 year old, single mother, working two jobs, and going to school full time. Going back to school until after you have children is extremely difficult, both financially and academically, so you should go to college now. What I learned as a 29 year old working professional is that the airline industry, like every business, is a slippery slope. Even though I was making $38,000 a year, when the company went bankrupt, 10 years’ worth of service and all my hard work meant nothing. I was forced to take a job making $9.00 an hour. The other companies I applied for informed me that that college is more than just an education; it also corroborates your dedication. A degree is proof that you can stick with something and finish it. Set the standard high for yourself.


I have learned to be open to the ideas and opinions of others while participating in group activities, and I have discovered that the students that I have gotten to know, have continued to be my friend after we were no longer attending classes together. I am an older student, and I anticipated to be laughed at and dicriminated against when I signed on as a student, but as far as I know, that has never happened. All of the students, staff, and faculty have welcomed me and made me feel like one of the family. I have been blessed to have had an array of workshops and classes that have broadened my knowledge on life, health, finances, technology, politics, writing, reading, childcare, and so much more. I started at my college to get an educaton in ASL Interpreting, which they no longer teach the higher level classes, but I have decided to go for a BSS, which broadens my options for careers that I may not have considered otherwise. I have been able to attend classes at my campus and at another Ohio University Regional Campus at the same time and I have met a variety of students.


As a military wife and a mother of three, my priorities have always been to put my family's needs above my own. Now that my children are finally old enough to go to school, I actually have the time to do something to better MYSELF for a change! I have always been inclined towards the medical and administrative field, so I am pursuing a career as a medical administrative assistant. In the military we've met so many young people who have made something of themselves by pursuing education. Hearing about what they have accomplished has always motivated me to find success of my own. Achieving a college education has always been a dream of mine. I want to be satisfied with the choices in my life and look back and say that I am truly a role model for my children. With financial assistance, I intend to pursue my dream and show my children the way to success. High aspirations combined with a relentless work ethic will lead to repeated success in any endeavor. I know what the meaning of hard work . If chosen, I will strive to my best. Have a blessed day.


I have received many skills as well as values while attending college. Since attending I have become a much more organized person and my study skills have increased dramatically. There is no price that I can put on the valuable experience I have received thusfar. College has created an experience for me that has changed my life. It has given me a larger sense of responsibility and given me the ability to take control of my life and point myself in the direction that I want to go. College is amazing in and of itself, but it's even better when you see the light at the end of the tunnel and know what's awaiting you.


I would tell myself to try harder in my last year because it would have made the transition easier. Also I would tell myself that stressing about the first quarter isn't necessary, that the professors and school officials try to make everything as easy as possible. I would tell myself that a branch campus isn't any worse than the main school and the smaller school works better for my personality. Finally I would tell myself that going to college with my friends ffrom high school isn't a good idea, that I wouldn't have a chance to spread my wings, which is waht college is all about.


I would tell myself about how hard it is being away from parents the first year I was at an away college. How to get yourself displined to study and not party all the time. Make my own decisions and not let someone else make them for me or get me into uncomfortable situations. How to manage my time for upcoming BIG term papers or research papers that are due. How to select the proper classes for my major that is going to help me not just because the course is easy. Put more thought into making the college choice, and I would have looked at more colleges and done more scholarships.