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Kayla Dixon

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​Role: 2nd Year Sponsor​​

Branch: Navy

Academic Program: B.S. in Health Information Management and Systems

Hometown: Copperas Cove, TX

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "I didn't have any opportunities when I got out of the Navy in Mississippi, and to be honest I always wanted to go to a big school." 

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "Get involved! Attend Veterans events on and off campus. Frequent the Veterans lounge to engage with other Veterans. Also interact with traditional students in your classes. Your experiences are valuable to them."

Most Influential Experience at Ohio State: "My peer sponsor when I first came to Ohio State. It was nice to be connected with someone who has already been through the transition from military to college. I felt her job was so important that I wanted to help Veterans as well."

Most Useful Campus Resource: "Dennis Learning Center. There are a lot of classes that require you to learn in a different way that students have probably never done before and the academic coaches they have available are very helpful."


Scott Emmick

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​Role: 1st Year Sponsor

Branch: Air Force

Academic Program: B.A. in International Studies with a Minor in Russian  

Hometown: Horseheads, NY

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "I chose The Ohio State University because the diploma alone holds value, attending a university like OSU, makes you a valuable asset in any career choice."

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "A transitioning tip would be to make use of the Office of Military and Veterans Service and peer sponsors for any questions, don’t go on stressing about questions-the office is there to set your mind at ease. Most importantly I would suggest to put forth an effort to meet new people and not just veterans, it is guaranteed to make your time more enjoyable."

Most Influential Experience at Ohio State: "The most influential experience at Ohio State was the first time I stepped foot on Campus, it made me feel at home and I knew from then on this is where I belong."  

Most Useful Campus Resource:​ "The Veterans Lounge has been the most used resource in my OSU career, it brought me out of my shell and gave me access to Veteran’s with common interests, and also a place to relax and cut loose."


Emily Gray

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​Role: 1st Year Sponsor

Branch: Army

Academic Program: B.A. in International Studies with a Minor in Russian 

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "​I was born and raised a Buckeye!"

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "Get involved! Join a club, attend a workshop, go to your professors office hours."

Most Influential Experience at Ohio State: "Becoming a peer sponsor. I've learned so much about veterans benefits, ways to get involved, and how to connect with other veterans."

Most Useful Campus Resource:"Career fairs. Take advantage of the fact that so many potential employers come to OSU."


Rebecca Hall​

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​Role: 2nd Year Lead Sponsor

Branch: Marines

Academic Program: B.S.E. in Child and Youth Studies: Language and Literacy

Hometown: Auburn, IN

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "I chose Ohio State because first of all, it was my dream growing up to be able to call myself a buckeye. When I was transitioning from the military, I knew I had many options of where I wanted to go, and what college I wanted to go to. I knew coming here and becoming a buckeye would feel like home, and it does!"

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "My biggest tip would be to get involved! Don’t be afraid to reach out of your comfort zone and do something different and exciting. Also, take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you, you never know what doors they open!"

Most Influential Experience at Ohio State: "The most influential experience would have to be being a Peer Sponsor. Knowing that I am able to help others with their transition throughout their first semester here at Ohio State makes me incredibly happy. Being a sponsor and a mentor has helped shape my overall experience here at college. We all come from different backgrounds, we all have different experiences, but we all chose to join the military, and we all chose to come to Ohio State. Being able to share my experiences and help others through not only tough times, but happy times as well makes me a better person!"

Most Useful Campus Resource:​ "Tutoring! It has been my saving grace here at Ohio State. There are so many free resources and services everywhere you turn. Take advantage of the help people are offering!"


Codie Rufener

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Role: 2nd Year Sponsor

Branch: Air Force

Academic Program: B.A. in Security and intelligence and Psychology with a Minor in German ​

Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio 

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "I grew up in Ohio, and a lot of my family went to OSU. I felt like OSU was the dream school to go for people who grew up here."

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "Get involved in the school outside of class."

Most Influential Experience at Ohio State: "The transfer student trip before the semester started my freshman year." 

Most Useful Campus Resource:​ "The rec sports facilities."


Jeff Simko

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Role: 1st Year Sponsor

Branch: ​Marines​

Academic Program: B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Hometown: Medina, OH

Reason for Choosing Ohio State: "Becoming a Buckeye was always a dream of mine, growing up we never missed a football game."

Biggest Tip for New/Transitioning Students: "The biggest tip that I can give someone who is new or transitioning is to seek help the moment you think you need help in a subject, go to office hours and tutoring services."

Most Influential Experience at Ohio State: "The most influential experience I've had at Ohio State has been the Veteran Tailgates because it gave me the opportunity to connect with other veterans."

Most Useful Campus Resource:​​​ "I have used tutoring services the most out of any resource available to me."