Opening the Door to Opportunity at Ohio State Newark
Krysten Chadwick was not unlike countless other high school seniors. She held an idea of what she wanted to study in college, but admits she wasn’t 100% certain of her future direction. During her freshman year, though, the opportunities she found as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University at Newark cemented both her college major and future career. And in spring 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, she reached the high point of her educational journey by earning her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Ohio State.
The door that led her to opportunity, Chadwick believes, is what makes Ohio State Newark different.
“If you look at Ohio State Newark’s syllabi and course requirements, everything they teach is exactly the same as Columbus. It’s the same education. My diploma still says Ohio State,” said Chadwick. “But the difference is that it’s harder to get lost in the sea of people because Ohio State Newark really prides itself on keeping classes smaller. So it’s easier to get connected with your classmates. It’s easier to get connected with tutoring, or with office hours so you can go to your faculty member and get help.”
And at Ohio State Newark, one-on-one attention also makes it easy to connect with faculty for research opportunities, even in your first year. That opportunity changed the course of Chadwick’s life.
After completing an honors level Intro to Psychology course with Associate Professor of Psychology Melissa Jungers, PhD, Chadwick knew she had found a major she would love. But she also found more.
“Dr. Jungers really took me under her wing,” remembered Chadwick. “She extended the opportunity to work in her research lab. So I tried it out, and continued working in academic research for all four years. Eventually I worked in three different labs and collaborated with most of the psych faculty.”
Her resume expanded even further when she attended multiple research conferences thanks to the generous funding provided by the campus – another perk for which Chadwick is very grateful. She even helped plan a national conference with Associate Professor Melissa Buelow, PhD. The close relationships with her undergraduate mentors continued after graduation, and Chadwick recently published a research paper in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology with Jungers and Buelow.
A 2013 graduate of Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio, Chadwick lived at home during her time at Ohio State Newark. Commuting didn’t stop her from having a full college experience, however. In addition to her research activities, Chadwick served as the student representative to Ohio State Newark’s Advisory Board, was involved in the student psychology club, Introspect, and worked on campus in several different positions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with honors from Ohio State in 2017.
“I didn’t necessarily realize that I would attend all four years at Ohio State Newark, but I’m really thankful that I was able to,” noted Chadwick.
Her advice to high school students? “Whether it’s something you are going to do for four years, or whether it’s going to be a stepping stone to your next move, whatever you decide to do, Newark will prepare you for what is to come. Do it. Go to Ohio State Newark. It will be the best decision.”
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, 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.