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“My future started at Ohio State Marion. I’m grateful for all that Marion has done for me. It’s an interconnected community that’s allowed me to build a network that continues to bring incredible opportunities.”
Amanda deJonge knew she wanted to be a Buckeye well before graduating from Upper Sandusky High School, twenty minutes north of Ohio State Marion. “Not only is it close to where I live, but I value the community here in Marion. I feel like I can make a difference here,” she said. deJonge declared her major after working in the Office of Communications & Marketing at Ohio State Marion. “Without the experiences that I had here, I might be doing something completely different that I may not love as much as I do,” she said. She is now pursuing a degree in new media and communication technology. “Since working for the communications department as a freshman, so many doors have opened for me. I’ve been able to meet many staff members and the Dean himself,” she goes on to explain. “With those relationships, I’m now on the board of trustees at United Way. I run my own business and I’ve found where I want to be, not just in my career, but in my life.”
During her sophomore year, she began a freelance media business called Golden Touch Media. “I’ve worked with United Way, Let’s Read 20, HPM North America, and then independent clients,” deJonge said. After doing freelance work for Marion City Schools, deJonge was contacted by the executive director of United Way of Marion County to create their campaign video. Since then she has been brought on to be a voting board member of the non-profit organization.
“My future started at Ohio State Marion. I’m grateful for all that Marion has done for me. It’s an interconnected community that’s allowed me to build a network that continues to bring incredible opportunities,” she said. Upon graduation, deJonge plans to pursue a master’s degree in video production.