The Ohio State University at Newark


Transfer Student Finds Path to Success at Ohio State Newark

NEWARK, Ohio, July 5, 2017 – At the age of 51, Connie McDaniel is pursuing her dream at The Ohio State University at Newark. The social work major wants to complete a bachelor’s degree and use it to help others. She decided to transfer to the Newark campus last January.

“I took one course at Ohio State Newark right after I graduated from Lakewood High School in 1985,” said McDaniel. “But, I didn’t have the money to continue. So, I made other choices.”

McDaniel joined the military, got married and raised a family. She worked in a factory for a period of time and then transitioned to office work. In 2014, McDaniel lost her job and for the first time in her life, she didn’t know what was next.

“I found out through the local Job and Family Services office that I qualified for some tuition assistance through a dislocated workers programs,” said McDaniel. “I had been wanting to go to college for 30 years. So, it was a blessing.”

McDaniel lives in Fairfield County and completed an associate’s degree in human services technology through another university. She decided that she wanted to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work. However, after a few courses, McDaniel wanted to make a change.

“My husband’s father graduated from Ohio State in Columbus 50 years ago,” said McDaniel. “I thought it would be great to graduate from Ohio State as well.”

McDaniel reached out to the Ohio State Newark admissions and advising office and learned that transferring her credits would not be difficult.

“The transfer was painless. I got the documentation they needed, and that was that. It was seamless,” said McDaniel. “The professors here are great too. I’ve got a lot of questions, and I’m too old to wait at this point in my life. I’ve got too much at risk. So, I ask and the professors are happy to answer.”

McDaniel said she should graduate after spring semester 2019. She wants to use her degree to get a job helping senior citizens.

“I know this is the field I want to work in. I really like to help people who are older. I’m very excited to get out there and start my career,” said McDaniel.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.