A: I’m Callie Bays and I’m majoring in sport and event management and hospitality management. I’m from right here in Findlay, Ohio.Q: What hands-on experiences have you had at Findlay?
A: Through my major, we have volunteer hours that each student must complete before graduation. I’ve been working in different places around the community getting experience in things that will help me get ready for my career.
Q: Who has inspired you?
A: One of my professors that has inspired me through my time at The University of Findlay is Dr. Ward. She is someone who truly cares about her students, and it’s evident everyday. She teaches from her heart and tries to instill in us the passion she has for the subjects. Not only is Dr. Ward a caring professor, but she looks out for her students’ futures. Dr. Ward has come to me multiple times to ask how I’m doing, how she can help me prepare for graduation and my job search, and even recommend job openings and other opportunities she thinks I would be a good fit for. Dr. Ward is a perfect example of the small university, caring professor that all students look for.
Q: What appeals to you most about being in your major?
A: One thing I really like about being in my major are the professors. They all are very personable, and they really care about their students. They’ve helped me get part-time jobs and internships to help prepare me for my future.
Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I love being a member of the cheerleading squad. Students, faculty and the community of Findlay are all very supportive, and it’s great to cheer alongside such a great support system. I’ve also made lots of friends who’ve helped me through these college years.
Q: What is your advice for a student making a college decision?
A: My advice is to go to a school where they feel comfortable. When you take college visits, make sure you can picture your college life there. I could imagine my life here. Findlay was very comfortable for me. I came from a small town, and a small high school, and the welcoming atmosphere of Findlay was perfect for me, but it was still large enough to feel like college – lots of people to meet and activities to take part in.
Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: One thing I love about being an Oiler is the atmosphere on campus. Everyone is so friendly, and it’s great to walk around and see familiar faces. It’s kind of like a family where everyone gets along. It’s a really great environment.
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