By Alana Asusta
Amanya Paige, Morrill Scholarship Program student, sat down MSP Newsletter contributor Alana Asusta to answer a few questions about her time so far at The Ohio State University and how the Morrill Scholarship Program has impacted her.
MSP: Tell me about your journey to become a Buckeye. What role did MSP play in that journey? And how has MSP helped you once you arrived on campus?
Amanya Paige: My senior year of high school, I was determined to become a Buckeye. Ohio State was the number one university on my list, but I knew that I would be unable to financially support that dream. MSP made that dream a reality by supporting me financially and beyond. MSP made me feel at home when I came to Ohio State. As an out-of-state student, MSP made me feel much more comfortable with the transition to college. The hosts from the Early Arrival Program and during Distinction Weekend showed the culture amongst the students in MSP. The way they welcomed me and my family made me want to become part of this community even more. MSP has also significantly helped me once I arrived on campus. I had the pleasure of taking Donya Gilmore's Team and Organizational Leadership course my first semester, and it has impacted my daily life and how I operate. She was able to help us identify our strengths and how to utilize that to improve campus and our individual goals. Ralph Cochran has been extremely influential and integral in supporting MSP initiatives and giving me guidance while I have been on campus––along with the entire MSP team. MSP shows consistent love, support and care to all of its students and I have experienced this firsthand.
MSP: What organizations are you a part of and what makes you so passionate about it?
AP: I am involved in a variety of things on campus! I am a G.A.B. Mentor at KIPP Columbus where we help Black students through the college application process. I am on the Mock Trial team for Ohio State where we compete against other schools around the nation on a case––this year we are doing an involuntary manslaughter or aggravated murder case. I am also an account associate for The Practice which is a student-run Public Relations firm. I am currently working on our Panera Bread account. I am also an On-Campus Living Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and a committee representative for the Academic Affairs committee in USG.
MSP: What is your major and when do you plan on graduating? Why did you choose that major?
AP: I plan on graduating in 2023 with a double major in Strategic Communications and Sociology with a minor in Leadership Studies. I chose these majors because I am extremely interested in image management and crisis management on the corporate level. I am also very interested in how society impacts communities and marginalized groups.
MSP: What are your plans after graduation?
AP: After graduation I plan on working in the corporate arena in Public Relations and pursuing my masters in Corporate and Strategic Communication.
MSP: Who inspired/inspires you to succeed and why?
AP: I am originally from Prince George's County, Maryland. The village/area that I was raised in and around is what inspires me to succeed. My family, mentors, teachers, county leadership and so much more has shown me what Black excellence looks like and inspire me to continue to legacy of Black excellence in all fields of work.
MSP: If a high school student asked for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
AP: Make sure you put your best foot forward––now. What you do now and the habits that you form will be your foundation as you move throughout life and college. Do not be afraid to ask questions and seek the wisdom of people who are currently where you want to be. You are never too young to do anything.