Originally from Texas, Josh Kohlschmidt was attracted to the major early in his college career. The public affairs major is exactly what I was looking for,” Kohlschmidt commented. “It’s a chance for me to get in-depth on many different policy issues and delve farther and farther into the complicated field of policy analysis. Josh credits the learning community for making his first year on campus a great one and allowing him to “live and become great friends with a dedicated groups of student with similar interests. We grew personally, engaged in some fun service activities, hung out and built relationships that will last long past our freshman year.” In addition to his involvement with the Glenn School, Kohlschmidt has been involved with the Undergraduate Student Government, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Mirrors class honorary, and the Newman Center on campus.
Mallory Workman has made the most of her short tenure at Ohio State thus far. She has been a very active member of the John Glenn Learning Community and Civic Leadership Council, and has also been involved with a number of other campus organizations, including the Undergraduate Student Government, Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Best Buddies, a service organization, and the First-Year Connections Team, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First-Year Experience. Outside of Ohio State, she has further developed her interest in public service through an internship in the office of State Representative Denise Driehaus. Workman could not be more pleased with her time in the Public Affairs major. “As far as the Glenn School, I cannot even begin to describe how great of an experience I have had. Whether it be interesting classes, friendly faculty members, or caring, readily available staff members, the Public Affairs major is one of the best on campus. The faculty and staff members in Page Hall do everything they can to help us succeed and there is no place I’d rather be.”
Justin Phillips wasted no time becoming involved at Ohio State this year. From his first day on campus, Justin quickly established himself as an up-and-coming student leader. In addition to involvement with the Learning Community and Civic Leadership Council, he is an active member of the Undergraduate Student Government, the Residence Hall Advisory Council, the Baker East Governing Organization, Central Ohio Buckeye Leadership Connection, and the Army ROTC program at Ohio State. He also has been spearheading a project to create late-night alcohol-alternative programming for students on campus — working with numerous campus offices in order to achieve this goal. Phillips has been thrilled with his experience thus far in the Glenn School and looks forward to more great things to come next year.
Sally Patton is a history major from Hudson, Ohio. During her first year on campus, Patton took advantage of all the great opportunities available at Ohio State. "My overall experience as a freshman was overwhelmingly positive. Looking back, the best memories will be from the friends I made, the Saturday football games, never having a dull moment with my roommate, the Sunday brunches, jumping in Mirror Lake, the traveling and service I had the opportunity to do, ringing the bells in Orton Hall, and ultimately finding a place for myself on campus and creating a foundation which I look forward to continuing next year," she said. This year, she demonstrated leadership as an officer in her residence hall’s governing council and will serve as a resident advisor for the John Glenn Learning Community next fall. Earlier this spring, she organized a John Glenn School team in the Columbus Relay for Life, raising over $800 for cancer research. Patton has also a member of Ohio State’s history club and pre-education honorary, participated in a community service based trip to Chicago, where she painted walls at a low income school; and is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Columbus. Patton describes her experience with the John Glenn Learning Community as a “phenomenal experience [that] gave me the opportunity to meet others…interested in public policy and service… and allowed me to make friends and experiences I know I'll hold for a life-time."
Tim Collins, a psychology major from Avon, Ohio was a very active member of the Learning Community during his freshman year, and credits it with enabling him to “find my niche and know that I was coming home to a safe and friendly environment, especially during my first quarter… the John Glenn Learning Community is filled with students of various majors, backgrounds, and involvement…all still connected by our passion for public policy and civic engagement.” Collins has made the most of his brief tenure at Ohio State. He is a fervent supporter of Ohio State’s athletic programs, and demonstrates this through his involvement in Block O, one of the largest student organizations on campus that lends boisterous support to all Ohio State sports teams. He also serves as a senator with the Undergraduate Student Government, works as a student assistant giving tours of the new Ohio Union, and was recently initiated into Sigma Phi Epsilon, a fraternity with a long history of service and community involvement at Ohio State. Upon the completion of his freshman year, Collins looks fondly on his time on campus, “The Ohio State University offers so many resources to its students that make it easy, fun, and rewarding to get involved here. I firmly believe that no other university in the country could provide me with same opportunities and outstanding people I have met in just my first year," he said.