Year: Junior

Major: Social Work

Leadership positions and organizations that you are involved in:

  • Student Social Work Association (SSWA), PresidentG_ZayaHeadshot2015
  • BobcaThon, Director of Family Relations
  • Ohio Fellows Program, Member 
  • Student Alumni Board, Philanthropy Committee Member 
  • Honors Tutorial College, Mentor 

Biggest accomplishment as a student leader:
Restructuring the SSWA board to have a stronger leadership team and redeveloping the organization’s mission and foundation to have a more direct, effective focus.

Best memory at OHIO:

Last semester, two friends and I got lost on a hike around The Ridges. We climbed up this huge mud wall to get out and ended up in an open field that was on top of a hill looking over all of Athens. It’s still one of my favorite views in Athens.

Biggest quirk:

I cannot stand the noise the machine makes when you’re scanning your groceries at the check out.

Your role model and why:

My mom. She is intelligent and supportive and she has so much wisdom from all the crazy situations she’s experienced in her life. She’s never given up and makes the best of every situation. I can go to her with just about anything and somehow she always knows the answer.

What makes a leader?

Someone who is assertive, open-minded, proactive, transparent, and flexible.

Favorite quote: 

“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently” – J.K. Rowling

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