Faces of Cincy State: Jillian Gavigan

Student Clubs and Organizations Made the Experience

I chose to attend Cincinnati State because of the opportunities I would have. Since the class sizes are much smaller than a 4-year college, I have received much more one on one attention from the professors and always have an opportunity to ask questions. I also loved the atmosphere of the college and how easy the building was to navigate when I toured campus.

Being a second-year student in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology program, I completed my first semester of fieldwork at the McKie Cincinnati Recreation Commission Location working with children ages 5-12. Over the summer, I will be working in a mental health setting in the Cincinnati area for my fieldwork as well.

My favorite part of about being a Cincinnati State student is how easy it is to get involved with other students and clubs. In my first year, I was the chair of the service committee and the outreach committee for the Honors Club. I was able to plan events, parties, and meet so many different people. At this time, I also joined Phi Theta Kappa. At the beginning of my second year, I was named the President of the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club (SOTA club). There are so many different clubs and ways to get involved with other students on campus. Being an involved student on campus has made my experience at Cincinnati State so incredible. Through my involvements in different clubs, I have made so many new friends, as well as continue to build relationships with my professors. Not only are the clubs involved through the Cincinnati State Community, but in the overall Cincinnati Community as well. We have been able to go out in our own community and make a difference through multiple service projects.

Students who are interested in Cincinnati State should know that there are so many benefits to attending a smaller school. It is a much less intimidating environment, and there are so many ways to get involved and meet people without living on campus. It’s also a great feeling to have all of your professors and classmates know you by name. Cincinnati State has made me feel so valued and welcomed throughout my time here, and I would highly recommend visiting to see for yourself!

After I graduate, my goal is to get gain some experience working as an occupational therapy assistant and possibly continue my education in occupational therapy to earn my master’s degree.

I am from West Chester, Ohio, and I graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 2019. In my free time, I play acoustic music at restaurants around Cincinnati and spend time writing and recording with my band, The Wonderlands.

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