Day in a Life of a Buckeye

A Day in the Life of a Buckeye is an Office of Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change program. This event offers an individualized experience for urban and Appalachian area high school students to experience life at The Ohio State University, and college in general, for a day. Currently enrolled undergraduate & graduate students are paired with a high school student based on their gender identity, intended major, and interest/hobbies. High School students who participate in Day in the Life are able to attend classes, interacting with faculty and staff, eating in campus-area dining facilities, visiting the library and recreational facilities, attending student group meetings, and seeing a residence hall room.

Due to a multitude of obstacles – some of these students who participate in this program believe that success is unattainable. The initial job of The Ohio State University mentors is to exemplify that they can be successful. The program focuses on the philosophy of education and desire; results in success. Ohio State students are also there to identify the potential pitfalls students can expect along the way (admissions, financial aid, etc.); and to share their own personal stories of overcoming adversity and the endless opportunities offered to them. They will stress the importance of receiving a high school diploma and continuing forward into higher education.

Program Overview

This visit, hosted by currently enrolled undergraduate & graduate students, often includes attending classes, interacting with faculty and staff, eating in campus-area dining facilities, visiting the library and recreational facilities, attending student group meetings, and seeing a residence hall room.  

The program focuses on motivating and educating students on the pathways to college. Ohio State students are present throughout the day to act as ambassadors for the university and to navigate students through college life (admissions, financial aid, etc.). Additionally, Ohio State students will share the opportunities offered to them during college and their own personal stories of overcoming adversity. Ambassadors will stress the importance of receiving a high school diploma and continuing forward into higher education.  

Program Goals

  • Exposure to college access by engaging students attending Ohio's urban and Appalachian school districts 
  • Increase the college-going rate among Ohio's urban and Appalachian area students 
  • Aid principals, counselors, college advisors, and teachers in the promotion of a college-going culture 
  • Provide mentorship opportunities for current Ohio State Students
  • Participation in Social Change & Social Justice conversations

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact: Charity Martin-King at martin-king.1@osu.edu.