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I am a Writer


Beth started her time at Otterbein willing to try different activities. She wasn’t sure where life was leading her. The many opportunities Otterbein offered helped her break out of her shell and into the person she is today. 

“During my freshman year I stayed within my own little bubble of friends. I tried some student activities, but they didn’t end up sticking with me. My sophomore year, however, was a different story. I figured out that I wanted to double major in English and Business, and I immediately immersed myself in my studies.”

As is often the case at Otterbein, Beth’s professors took notice of her hard work and dedication. They rewarded her with new opportunities to research and gain experience. 

“My professors noticed how hard I worked and offered me some great opportunities to be involved in campus activities," she said. "Dr. Mafi invited me to an Association of Fundraising Professionals meeting, and I’ve been involved ever since, eventually becoming leader of the Otterbein chapter. I was nominated to participate in the first annual Cardinal Colloquium, and one of my professors asked me to assist her with some research into the plights of the urban Appalachian population.”

If that wasn’t enough to keep Beth busy, she also has an on-campus job at The Writing Center where she helps students improve on their writing skills. She is also the co-editor of Aegis, Otterbein’s humanities journal. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, which is an English society, and Torch and Key, an honorary society. 

Beth advises new Otterbein students to take advantage of opportunities to get involved on campus.

“Don’t be afraid to meet new people and get involved in things. It’s easy to be intimidated by the new experiences that college brings, but Otterbein has some of the friendliest and most welcoming students that I have ever met and they’re worth getting to know. Make sure that you set apart some time for yourself to relax, so you keep your sanity.”