Scholarship, Co-op, and Beyond
While researching different colleges, the idea of going to a university for four more years after graduating from high school felt like a long time. However, starting with an Associate degree and going to school for only two more years was very appealing. After attending an event called Parent Student Night in 2006, as a senior in high school, I was notified that Cincinnati State was going to offer me a $2,500 scholarship. This made my choice of college very clear. I’ve always been a very business minded individual and was determined to earn my college degree without harming my personal finances. When I learned about how Cincinnati State’s co-op program could get me into the workforce in my first year, that was the icing on the cake in my decision making process. Fast forward 10 years later to 2016 and I was speaking at the same event I attended with my parents, 10 years prior, as an Admissions Recruiter for the college!
Enrolling in the Business Management Program was my number one choice, because I knew I wanted to study business but didn’t know if I wanted to study accounting like my dad or chose a different route such as Business Management. This program taught me what I like to say ‘a little bit about a lot of things’ in the business world. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to cover most of the cost of tuition until my co-op job started. I was therefore able to pay for my school without taking any students loans.
My co-op experience was with a company called Employee Management Services, located in downtown Cincinnati, as a Payroll Assistant. I started my assignment during my first year as a college student, a couple months past my 19th birthday, with previously being employed by Kings Island. It was a very welcomed change in the work environment going from working at an amusement park to working in an office setting with other business professionals. My co-op manager became a great mentor and taught me the value of professionalism even at the ripe age of 19. I am still in contact with him today, over a decade later.
In addition to my co-op assignment, I worked as a student worker within the Office of Admission on campus. Working with the admission staff was fun and I decided that was the path my career would take as an Admissions Recruiter on campus.
As an alumni, I have served two terms as President of the Alumni Association have been serving on the Alumni Board of Directors since 2013. I’ve done all of this because Cincinnati State is my passion. I am certain that it was the perfect place for me to start my college career. I benefited from the small class sizes and individual attention from the faculty. Cincinnati State got me workforce ready and help me find an employer who was willing to invest in me and pay for my Bachelor Degree that I earned from Wilmington College.