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 education, inspiration, 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:
- College of Education & Human Ecology
- College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
- College of Social Work
- Extension Office
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of Enrollment Services
- Office of Student Life
- Regional Campuses
- Undergraduate Advising
- Ohio Department of Education
- Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: Office of Workforce Development
- Ohio Development Services Agency
- 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:
- 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)
- Beechcroft High School (2017-present)
- Eastmoor Academy (2013-present)
- Linden-McKinley STEM Academy (2015-2016)
- Whetstone High School (2013-present)
- Princeton High School (2016-present)
- Vinton County High School (2015-present)
- Warrensville Heights High School (2016-present)
- Winton Woods High School (2017-present)
- Young Scholars Program (2017-present)
- Mentor-A-Buckeye Program (2015-present)
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
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)
- 3rd Annual (2015) A Day in the Life of a Buckeye
- 4th Annual (2016) A Day in the Life of a Buckeye
- 5th Annual (2017) A Day in the Life of a Buckeye
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured in The Lantern (2015)
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured in The Columbus Dispatch (2015)
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured on NBC News (2016)
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (2017)
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured on NPR/WOSU (2017)
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured in The Lantern (2017)
- A Day in the Life of a Buckeye featured on NBC News (2017)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.