The Ohio State University at Marion

Mickey Rogers shares her OSUM experience

Michaela “Mickey” Rogers from Marblehead, Ohio

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

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: When I found out I was accepted to OSUM, I was ecstatic. Not only was I a recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship, but I had the chance to redefine myself. My mother has always told me, “Mic, you are in charge of your own destiny”, and being a new college student gave me the chance. I wanted to be more involved, in and outside the classroom. I wanted to make a difference for myself and others. And I simply wanted to learn. At OSUM, I excelled both in academics and leadership. I held titles such as Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, Undergraduate Student Government President, and Engineering Teaching Assistant. These titles allowed me to help extend campus study hours, embrace diversity in student body opinion, and enrich student understanding in fundamental engineering studies. In addition to making my other goals become reality, OSUM allowed me to learn. I learned a lot about engineering. And I also learned I did not want to become an engineer, but rather a chemist, with aspirations of teaching at a university, maybe even the same one that allowed me to define my destiny.

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

A: During my undergraduate experience at the Ohio State Marion, I learned what it meant to be a hard worker. Having to put in work to get work done was a foreign practice in high school. However, in college, this motto molded the Mickey I am today. OSUM also taught me about the righteous rewards earned by those who put in the work. I am thankful for the opportunities and support that OSUM gave to me, and will forever work hard to accomplish my dreams.

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

A: The biggest benefit of attending OSUM was finding a family. Each time I visit OSUM, I feel welcomed and loved. Professors often ask me about my classes and staff want to hear about what I’ve been up to. Knowing that I have support from those people who helped shape me, even after I have graduated, makes me feel extremely thankful for choosing OSUM.

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

A: My Ohio State Marion experience was lifechanging in the sense that it made me the best version of myself. It made me a stronger, more independent woman with a knack for science and a heart that bleeds scarlet and grey.

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

A: In 10 years, I plan to be a chemistry instructor at a university. I hope to be pursuing research in analytical chemistry with environmental applications. I want to be known for my teaching first, and my science second. One thing OSUM taught me was professors can care about their students and be successful scientists, too. I hope to model my future after those who inspired me to achieve the best version of myself.