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A Day in the Life of a Buckeye

The mission of A Day in the Life of a Buckeye is to motivate urban and rural students, to achieve their full potential, through educationinspiration, and motivation

A Day in the Life of a Buckeye is a program that offers an individualized experience for urban and Appalachian area high school students to experience life at The Ohio State University, and college in general, for a day. This visit, hosted by currently enrolled undergraduate & graduate students, often include attending classes, interacting with faculty and staff, eating in campus-area dining facilities, visiting the library and recreational facilities, attending student group meetings, and seeing a residence hall room. Students participating within the program are paired with a student host based on their gender identity, intended major, and interest/hobbies.

Motivation is the key to the success of this program; the program's main goal is to provide motivation for education.

Due to a multitude of obstacles – some of these students who participate in this program believe that success is unattainable. The initial job of The Ohio State University mentors is to exemplify that they can be successful. The program focuses on the philosophy of education and desire; results in success. Ohio State students are also there to identify the potential pitfalls students can expect along the way (admissions, financial aid, etc.); and to share their own personal stories of overcoming adversity and the endless opportunities offered to them. They will stress the importance of receiving a high school diploma and continuing forward into higher education. 

Staff Professional Development

While students are out experiencing life on campus, high school faculty/ staff members are engaged in various professional development sessions and a campus tour.

Professional Development topics includes community engagement, student retention, financial aid, scholarships and university offered resources, diversity and inclusion and a discussion focused on the biggest challenges students from urban and rural Ohio face, when it comes to education.

These sessions are led by University administrators from various offices, departments and colleges, and external agencies including but not limited to:

Program Goals:

  • Provide motivation for education
  • Motivate students in Ohio's urban and Appalachian school districts
  • Increase the college-going rate among Ohio's urban and Appalachian area students
  • Help principals, counselors, and teachers foster a college-going culture

School Districts & Programs:

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

  • East Technical High School (2015-present)
  • James F. Rhodes High School (2015-present)
  • John Marshall High School (2017-present)
  • Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy (2014-present)

Columbus City Schools

  • Beechcroft High School (2017-present)
  • Eastmoor Academy (2013-present)
  • Linden-McKinley STEM Academy (2015-2016)
  • Whetstone High School (2013-present)

Princeton City Schools

  • Princeton High School (2016-present)

Vinton County Local Schools

  • Vinton County High School (2015-present)

Warrensville Heights City School District

  • Warrensville Heights High School (2016-present)

Winton Woods City School District

  • Winton Woods High School (2017-present)

Ohio State's Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Ohio State's Office of Student Life


The Fall 2017 A Day in the Life of a Buckeye event will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.


Fall 2017 Application: 

Please check back in August for the Fall 2017 application
  • Ohio State Student Host application - CLOSED
  • High School Student form - CLOSED (students must attend and/or be involved in one of the above high schools or programs)
  • High School Faculty/Staff form - CLOSED

Training Sessions: 

Every student host is required to attend 1 of 5 training sessions:
  • TBA - 12:00-1:00p - 020 Page Hall
  • TBA - 1:30-2:30p - 020 Page Hall
  • TBA - Ohio Staters: Traditions Room (Ohio Union)
  • TBA - Ohio Staters: Traditions Room (Ohio Union)
  • TBA - Knight House (104 E. 15th Avenue)


Program Coordinators:

DaVonti' Haynes     Leroy Ricksy     

DaVonti' Haynes          LeRoy Ricksy             




Benefits of Sponsorship

Our joint roles as active leaders in Ohio make this a true partnership, and we look forward to continuing to build community together. Benefits of a partnership with the Office of Student Life's Social Change include

  • Direct interaction with Ohio State Student Leaders and Rising High School Student Leaders
  • An investment in Ohio's future and education
  • Recognition on the department's website
  • Recognition during the program
  • Recognition on the program's t-shirts
  • Recognition on the program brochures
Ways to Sponsor

If you are interested in partnering and contributing to this mission of education for citizenship, please contact DaVonti' Haynes at

Contributions from partners will provide monetary support for the program's operating costs. By giving to this fund, you are ensuring that the 'A Day in the Life of a Buckeye' program can continue to cultivate a culture of student service and leadership within the Ohio community, while also bringing together its members from both inside and outside of The Ohio State University.

Thank You

We are very grateful for our sponsoring partners. Without the tremendous support of the community, our students would not have the opportunities nor the impact that they have. Without the tremendous support of our sponsors, this program would not be possible.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Services: Ohio State University Extention College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Services Office of Diversity and Inclusion
College of Education and Human Ecology College of Arts and Sciences College of Social Work
Office of Student Life John Glenn College of Public Affairs Undergraduate Student Government
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