For this post, I decided to share with you, Hannah Mae. She’s a prime example of taking full advantage of your time at Ohio University. In three years, Hannah has participated in three study abroad programs, held numerous leadership and internship positions, all while maintaining a high GPA. I love acknowledging my fellow hardworking peers, so there will be more to come!
First up, meet Hannah Mae:
Strategic Communication | Marketing minor + Global Leadership Certificate
During your time at OU you have managed to participate in three study abroad programs, hold numerous leadership positions on campus, make the Dean’s List every trip and receive multiple scholarships.
What is the key to Hannah Mae’s success that we need to be aware of?
“It’s all about time management and learning the power of the word NO. When I got to Ohio University I wanted to be involved with absolutely everything. Anything I was asked to do I would make time for. I quickly found this to be an inefficient way of leadership as I was always spreading myself too thin. It is okay to not always hold a leadership position, support can be from the general body of an organization as well. Be very selective of what you commit your time to because at the end of the day it is the most valuable thing that any of us have. Especially in college where time truly does fly, you want to make sure that you are in a mutually beneficial relationship with everything you commit to meaning people and organizations!”
Which country can you see yourself living in for a longer period of time?
“I would absolutely love to live in Bali, Indonesia! The atmosphere and people I met while I was there are indescribable. I have never felt so at ease and content with the little aspects of everyday living. The emphasis on culture and family is something I have always wanted in my own life and I saw it first hand there.”
Which study abroad program made the biggest impact on your life?
“My first study abroad trip to Hong Kong made the biggest impact on my life. Before this time, I had never been outside of the country and had no idea I was capable of traveling the world by myself. Hong Kong gave me a few lifelong friends, memories and life lessons that I believe have pushed me to work so hard and always keep my goals in sight. I would not be the person that I am today if I did not take that scary step and get on the plane. The amount of time and planning that it took to make this trip a reality is something I have always been grateful for; in total I probably spent over 100 hours, writing scholarship applications, fundraising, planning, packing and traveling. This made me realize that anything you really want will not come easy, but when it is finally yours you will appreciate it so much more than you ever thought.”
There are many students out there that think studying abroad is impossible for them.
What advice would you give to a student wanting to study abroad?
“I would say that if you really want something you have to do everything in your power to make it happen. The amount of scholarships there are, especially for people of color, is unbelievable. It takes time and dedication but if you stay on yourself and those who are a part of your process it is more than doable. Do not be afraid to reach out to people who have gone abroad before, they can be your best allies and support system through the process.”
This tiger situation, what was that experience like?
“Honestly, it was so scary and exciting at the same time. Being in Thailand made me so much more willing to do things (like jump in a cage with a tiger) than I ever would have at home. I’m glad my boyfriend was with me or I would have never been able to take that leap, literally.”
So, we can see that you are very passionate about traveling. What are some other things Hannah Mae is passionate about?
“I am extremely passionate about event planning and marketing. I know, doesn’t sound to exciting, right? But to me it really gets me going, I love seeing an event come to life or a dope campaign that I had a part of creating. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I really believe that it has given me so many opportunities, and helped me travel through scholarship essays, grant writing etc; but it is also just a creative release for me. When I write I can say anything I want and just be the real Hannah.”
In the future, you want to own a marketing and management company. What do you love about marketing?
“I love the power that marketing has to really influence the human brain. Good marketing can totally change and transform a brand, this is what excites me. I love crafting a message or concept and testing it out.”
From what industry would you like your clients to be in or does it not matter to you? If you don’t mind sharing, who/what would be a dream client that you would love to work with?
“I would like to work with creative people, people that are involved with entertainment, entrepreneurship and the sports industry. I want a wide array of clients and interests so that I can constantly keep it fresh and have a continuous learning experience.
I currently do not have a dream client in mind, maybe LeBron James!”
Lastly, what would be your proudest achievement to date so far in college?
“My proudest achievement would be completing a summer internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. I never would have believed 3 years ago that I would have an opportunity to work for our U.S. government. The people I met and the things I learned are unbelievable and will truly stick with me for the rest of my life. I learned so much about myself and realized that my place in the world is still out there waiting for me to find it!”