Emily Traut: Class of (Summer) 2021
Emily, from Mason, Ohio originally started as a Middle Childhood Education major, but quickly realized teaching was not the right path for her. Thanks to a program at Ohio State called First Education Experience (FEEP), she was able to explore other fields in education and realized she loved the role of a School Psychologist. She switched her major to psychology and changed education to a minor. After graduation, Emily is excited to attend Ohio State’s graduate program for School Psychology (EdS).
For Emily, it was a dream come true to be at Ohio State. One of her favorite things was going to football games and singing Carmen Ohio with friends; especially her freshman year when OSU beat the team up north & everyone rushed the field. She also enjoyed diving deeper into the world of psychology through the flexibility of the coursework. She took several fascinating classes in developmental and social psychology, but her all-time favorite class was Health Psychology (PSYCH 4531). What made this class so enjoyable, per Emily, was “learning about the connection between mental health and overall health, which is something that is so important but not always talked about!”
Outside of the classroom (and the football stands), Emily was involved with a ministry called Young Life where she volunteered at Bexley High School. Through volunteering as a Young Life leader, she learned that investing in and caring for people is the most valuable thing she can do. Per Emily, “I’ve learned how to be a quick listener and how to first see the best in people, which I believe are skills that will help me be the best School Psychologist that I can be.”
Emily’s advice for others considering Ohio State University or psychology as a major:
I would say it’s okay to not have everything figured out just yet. I remember thinking I had to have my whole life planned out before I got to college, but as time went by, I realized it’s okay for plans to change. The more I went in the direction of what I had a passion for, I discovered doors were open that I never even knew would be possible. I would recommend taking advantage of additional seminars and panels that the Department of Psychology holds, because you never know what careers are out there! I went to many panels, and it was very helpful for me to hear from someone in that field share their experiences. I have absolutely loved being a Buckeye and am thankful for how my experiences shaped the person I am today. Go Bucks!