The Ohio State University at Marion

Nathaniel McPherson shares her OSUM experience

Nathaniel McPherson from Morral Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a pre-medical focus

Q: How has your experience here at the Ohio State Marion shape who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow?

A: My time at The Ohio State University Marion has greatly impacted who I am today. When I started at the Marion campus, I was rather uncertain about whether or not I would be able to make an impact in the lives of other people, which is what my dream career as a doctor is all about. Then I started working as a Peer Tutor in Academic Enrichment. I started as a Math tutor, and worked with several non-traditional students. They were rather concerned to find out that the person who was going to help them in their classes was only 17 years old at the time. I even had one who could not help laughing at the situation. It took some time, but soon I was able to show that I was able to help guide them through the different classes, even though they had children older than me! By the time I graduated I was tutoring students from all backgrounds in Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology; I even was approved to tutor students in Psychology classes that I had not taken, thanks to my professors’ faith in me. The most pivotal point for me was when a student that I had tutored at the start of my studies came in and was now approved to tutor the same class! To me that was one of the most satisfying moments I have ever experienced, the effects of my actions had stayed with a student and were now rippling out to others. If I had any doubt in my mind at that time about whether or not I could really help others, it was gone.

Q: What are your top 3 goals you’ve had for yourself since you’ve started school here? How has attending Ohio State Marion help you achieve those goals?

A: The top three goals that I have had for myself since I started school here at Ohio State Marion are: 1. Discover if going into medicine is what I really want to do with my life. During my studies here at the Marion campus, I have decided that medicine is what I want to go into. This was decided by taking advantage of all of the science classes that are offered here; after I had finished my Biology series and started my clinical psychology classes I was hooked. 2. Graduate with as little student debt as possible. Through the campus’s low cost of attendance, its many scholarship opportunities, and the ability to get a student job on campus I have been fortunate enough to graduate with my undergraduate degree with no student debt. While it takes a lot of work during the four years of school, it has been such a relief to know that I do not need to worry about paying of student loans after graduation. 3. Work to expand my understanding of fields outside my area of study. This was the most fun goal to complete. This was achieved through taking several different classes over the course of my studies. I have taken classes on the history of art and architecture, poetry writing, immigration and migration in the United States, and even a class on how language skills develop during an individual’s life! Now in addition to my knowledge about science and psychology, I can tell what style a building is designed in, how an author is using rhythms and beats in writing to help convey their message or even convey a different message, I can talk about how certain attitudes towards immigrant groups are reflective of the views that have been held throughout our country’s history, and I can even talk about how an infant is able to understand multiple languages at an early age but loses it through exposure to a single language in the home. While I have found these topics intriguing, I do believe it was somewhat annoying to my family to hear all about them when we had family gatherings!

Q: In your opinion, what was the biggest benefit of going to school here?

A: For me, it is hard to narrow down what I think the biggest benefit of attending Ohio State Marion is. So here are my top two: 1. Due to the smaller class sizes you are able to really connect with your professors. Inside the classroom you are able to feel comfortable with asking questions about topics and are able to glean from their knowledge. This relationship also opens up many opportunities to gain experience in your field of study. This can be through working in their research lab, working for the department as an instructional assistant, or by them helping you find an internship. 2. The campus provides opportunities for students to try things that they might not have normally tried. For me this was getting involved with Student Government. I never had seen myself as one to get involved with the organization, but by my senior year I was serving as student president and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

Q: How would you describe your Ohio State Marion college experience?

A: I would describe my time at Ohio State Marion as nothing short of life changing. I have been able to study things I never would have otherwise. I have worked with faculty on their newest research projects and helped run experiments in the research lab for other students’ thesis research. I have been able to take on leadership roles in both student workplaces and within student organizations. I get to interact with high school students who are considering going to Ohio State for their degree as well as freshmen students who are going through the same things I was when I started college. And oh yeah, I got my degree along the way. It does not seem like four years have passed since I started my studies at the Ohio State University Marion. While I may have started classes concerned with mainly earning my degree, I have come to learn that the best moments I remember from my time here involve being a part our close-knit campus family. I would not trade these four years for anything else in the world.

Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now with the Ohio State diploma you have earned?

A: My goal for the next ten years is to have completed medical school with a focus in Pediatrics, and either be working for a private practice in Central Ohio or to secure a spot at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. My hope is to apply my degree in psychology, in which I focused on child development and clinical psychology, with my medical training to provide medical service to children that not only takes care of their physical well-being, but also be able to foster their psychological and emotional well-being as well. My hope is that this approach will help them achieve their full potential so that they can make their impact on the world as well.