Scholar Spotlight Jayda Rogers

Jayda Rogers

Meet Young Scholar Jayda Rogers

How did YSP help prepare you as a future Buckeye?

As a Young Scholar, this program is more than a scholarship, it has changed the dynamic of so many families in Ohio. The Young Scholars programs is geared towards first-generation college students in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown public schools who exude academic excellence, leadership, and a passion for higher education. As a scholarship recipient in my junior year, I was grateful that the Young Scholars Program advisors welcomed me with compassion. Although I heard about the YSP opportunity in eighth grade, due to unforeseen circumstances, I could not apply. Although I was academically accountable, the Young Scholars Program gave me insight into what the college admission process entailed. I recall all the cohort meetings that were implemented to assist our families with the process but also to help us foster meaningful relationships with our scholars in our city. As a proud Cincinnati Public School graduate, I am thankful for the transparency of my YSP Coordinator and continue to take the lessons I have learned throughout my college experience.

What YSP city are you from?

I am a native of Cincinnati Ohio and a proud Young Scholarship Program recipient in the The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, I am affiliated with the following university and scholarship programs:

  • Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation

  • Politics, Society & Law University Honors and Scholars Program

  • Undergraduate Black Law Student Association, Treasurer

  • The Sister Accord at The Ohio State University, President

  • Sesquicentennial Leadership Scholar, Ambassador

What is your major and why did you pick it?

I major in Public Affairs: Public Management, Leadership, and Policy in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. During the summer of 2016, it was my first time being introduced to my Young Scholars Cohort while participating in the The Samuel DuBois Cook Summer Academy. It was a week filled with optimistic discovery and presented the opportunity to connect with other students from across Ohio. We had a full agenda every day, which is one of the reasons I think I forgot to sign up for a tour of the Political Science Department. As a junior, I was still unsure of my intended major but heard that most lawyers pursued Political Science. To my surprise, I did not sign up for a specific department, therefore I was directed to join the John Glenn College exploration with a few other scholars. As we transitioned to the college, I was disheartened because I missed the opportunity to visit my intended department. However, this feeling of discouragement changed once I understood the community focus and the interdisciplinary professional experience the John Glenn College offered. I knew from that experience forward, I would be a student that embodied the mission statement to “Turn My Passion Into Policy,” whether that is in nonprofit work, the private sector or even outside of the focus of policy. I knew the holistic education program the John Glenn College would prepare me for a multidimensional professional career.

You did a study abroad for France and Morocco; can you tell me about that experience?

I was so elated to be afforded the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Between France and Morocco Education Abroad Program. This education abroad program consisted of a host of phenomenal faculty and transformative peers. During the education abroad experience, we focused on the social and political dynamics of Islam in both France and Morocco. As a first-time traveler outside the country, it was impactful to be immersed into the cultural practices, enlightened by the literature, and educated on the culture. Likewise, throughout the program I contributed to meaningful dialogue with my peers and cultivated new areas of personal growth. As we go throughout our collegiate experience at Ohio State, I would highly encourage first-time travelers to seek out education abroad opportunities to become globally engaged with the support of the Office of International Affairs.

During my time as a first year Young Scholar, I learned how to leverage the resources that the university and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provided to all students. I continued to quickly seize opportunities; however, as a first-generation college student and first time international traveler, I had to apply myself to gain the additional information needed to be successful in an education abroad program. Reflecting on my experience, I'd like to show my utmost gratitude and appreciation to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Young Scholars Program, Student Academic Success Partner, the Office of International Affairs, and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs for making my vision of studying abroad possible.

You also did an internship in Washington, DC this past summer. Can you tell me about that internship?

In the summer of 2019, I was a student selected to participate in The Fund for American Studies' Public Policy and Economics Program. This program is an academic and internship program in Washington, DC in which over 330 international and domestic students live, learn and intern in the nation's capital for eight weeks. The program does not typically accept many students who at the time are currently in their freshman year for a few reasons, primarily because the program found that sometimes freshmen can lack the maturity needed to complete a competitive and demanding program such as this. However, after my acceptance, my program coordinator expressed how it was an easy decision, based on a stellar resume and accomplishments in life. Based on this confidence, I made the most of my eight weeks in the program that summer, where I studied Economics at George Mason University. I also quickly began cultivating what are sure to be lifelong friendships with other students from across the country. Moreover, my internship at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni exposed me to an organization that works to hold colleges and universities across the country accountable when it comes to academic excellence.

What year are you and when do you plan to graduate?

I am a current sophomore and I plan to graduate in Spring 2022 with a Bachelors in Public Affairs: Public Management, Leadership, and Policy with a focus on law and government constituencies.

What are your plans after graduation?

Based on my leadership opportunities, academic inquiry, and professional experiences this far, I have come to the realization that life is not linear. I have obtained many opportunities because I have remained optimistic. On the vision board my mother bought me in the ninth grade, it states: “I am who I am. I will become a success, go to college, and be the best woman I can be. In four to five years, I will graduate in the class of 2018. I will go off to college in the fall of 2018 with a full ride scholarship from academics and sports. I will reach this goal with hard work and dedication.” I look at my vision board every day and reflect on how many goals I accomplished and how some opportunities I never wrote down happened because I was dedicated to personal growth. It all starts with a vision and having a village to pour into your aspirations. I have always longed to be in the legal profession, and I am ready for the detours that life may present my pursuit. Upon obtaining my Bachelors in 2022, I plan to advance my education in professional school, while remaining optimistic.