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Tristan Freshly

Transfer student impressed with easy path from CSCC to Otterbein

Tristan Freshly grew up in the shadow of Otterbein’s campus and still lives in Westerville. But when it came time for him to pursue his education, he didn’t attend Otterbein.   He went to  Columbus State Community College for one year.  During that time he considered his future plans -- where would he transfer, would Otterbein be part of his plan?   

“As a third generation Otterbein student I was very familiar with the campus and school. My uncle, Jeff Ankrom (assistant provost for strategy and planning) works here and I began talking to him in December of 2014 about attending Otterbein,” he said. “He put me in contact with Mark Moffitt, executive director of admission, who was extremely helpful with the application, transfer credits, and scheduling. Later I met Mary Mosca, assistant director, who was great as well.”  

Freshly says the transfer process was easy. “I was able to have every course transfer from Columbus State and cover its respective course here at Otterbein.”  

He became an Otterbein student in the fall of 2015, majoring in finance through the Department of Business, Accounting and Economics. “I knew I would receive great guidance from professors. I was really attracted to the fact that Otterbein offered unique finance courses that most smaller schools don’t implement into their curriculum,” he recalled.

When asked about his favorite professor or class, Freshly can’t single out just one. “Honestly, this would be really hard to choose. I don’t want to pick out a just one professor or class because I have enjoyed every single one. Being able to schedule office hours to discuss class, career and personal events has been something I never expected to be able to do,” he added.  

Freshly added that his on-campus job as a tutor has allowed him to earn federal work study money to pay for his tuition. He also was impressed by the amount of scholarships available to qualified transfer students.    

In his first year at Otterbein, Freshly has hit the ground running. “I have done two internships in the business field so far — one at a local accounting firm, Howell Associates, and my current one at Diamond Hill Capital Management, an asset management firm in Columbus. I will be there through December of 2016. I have definitely formed a solid base in understanding business through my courses.”  

He also credits learning opportunities outside the classroom and career assistance from the Center for Career and Professional Development for playing an important role in helping him make introductions and transitions to professional internship experiences.  

Freshly is exploring his career plans and future goals. “I am leaning toward working in investment banking. My goal is to work in a position where I can be constantly learning and using my skills to impact people and businesses in a positive way — working in a position in finance that will allow me to finance innovation and progress.”

He also hopes to pursue a graduate degree. He is taking steps by studying for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) to prepare for a master’s degree in business.  

For anyone considering transferring to Otterbein to complete their degree, Freshly has sage advice: “Reach out to alumni, students or faculty and hear about their experiences. Be diligent in researching the curriculum and opportunities presented here. If you are on the fence, come visit the campus and sit in on a class of interest to you. I know the students and faculty will have a lasting impact on your opinion. The staff will work closely with you and help you feel like you’ve been a part of Otterbein for years.”