“I thank God for protecting me from what I thought I wanted and blessing me with what I didn’t know I needed”. This quote is a good description of my college experience to date. Just over a year ago, I would have told you I was going to play Division 3 soccer for a small school no further than two hours from my house. BGSU didn’t fit that mold and I enjoy reflecting on the turn in the road of my college search that I did not expect.
In the fall of my senior year, a BGSU admissions counselor, visited my high school to inform students about what the university had to offer. At the end of our initial meeting the counselor gave me information about the annual Nutrition Symposium that BGSU hosts on campus. I decided to visit the campus, which is just over four hours from my home. The Nutrition Symposium was a great way for prospective Dietetics students to get a feel for the program. After that initial visit to campus I felt conflicted. I knew I was interested in the BGSU Dietetics program, but it was a big swerve from where I thought I was heading. In follow up conversations with the admissions counselor, she recommended, based on my high school leadership activities that I apply for the President’s Leadership Academy. At the time I had no idea what PLA was. Thanks to her follow-up e-mails and being so generous by sending me links to the website, I was introduced to a program which is now a huge part of my life. When I looked into the PLA program, I found that the core values, “Integrity, Credibility, Service, Learning”, are values that I desire to live out. After researching the program online I was eager to submit the application. Weeks later, after completing the all-day on-campus interview, I remember feeling satisfied with myself because it was so easy to be genuine throughout the process. The interview experience confirmed my initial thoughts, that PLA would be a good fit for me. The morning I received the call and was offered a spot in the 2014 Cohort, is one I will not forget anytime soon; it was the final chip that fell into place. I felt so honored, proud, and excited. The PLA summer program and my learning to date has taught me more than anything to listen intently to others, maximize time effectively, and know what I stand for. PLA and BGSU were not what I thought would be in my future if you asked me a year ago, but in this unique program, at this diverse university, I am confident, it is right where I am meant to be.