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I’m dropping out of school and fleeing the state.

 Written by    October 19, 2017

No, this is not click bait. It’s true.

Friends, family, loyal followers: as of Spring 2018 I will no longer be a college student. I’m giving up the cold, snowless Columbus winters, the vanilla lattes at Scott Connecting Grounds, my cosy bedroom In Taylor Tower and my long study sessions at 18th Avenue Library. I’m officially giving up making the long walk to the Gateway just to see a movie, trying to figure out the new bus system, going to funky places in the Short North and that closet smell that sinks into your clothes if you stay in Smith long enough.

But…Mary Grace, you say, why? You’re doing so well! Life was starting to look up! What happened?

Well, friends, loyal followers and family … I’ve decided to go on co-op.

Co-op, short for cooperative education experience, is basically an opportunity for students to take a semester off of school to get first-hand industry experience. In short, I got a big girl job! Look at me go! In January I’m moving to Kentucky to be a design engineer for GE Appliances.

This is pretty common for engineering students, and many schools require it from their STEM majors. It’ll be a huge resume builder and I’m excited to finally get out of the cyclical monotony of exams and homework and irritating professors.

I made the personal decision to co-op for a bunch of reasons, but one of them is that I really want to go abroad and the way I decided to do this — take a Maymester abroad and still actively pursue a career — worked out to be a spring co-op.

Ohio is my home, and Columbus has been a comfortable “nest” for the past 19 years, but I’m excited to finally get out of here! For the first time in my life I’ll be more than a quick car ride away from home; Louisville, where I’ll be living, is about three and a half hours from my family home in Westerville.

It goes without saying, though, that the person I’ll miss most is Brutus Buckeye himself. And then, at a distant second, my family or something, I guess. 😉

Classes, Internships, Study Abroad, Work


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