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Volume 81 | Issue 5
September 2013

Student Leader Profile: MacGregor Obergfell, The Ohio State University

MacGregor Obergfell, The Ohio State University

Obergfell InfoWhy do you choose to be involved as a student leader?

Being a student leader gives me the opportunity to add a unique chapter to my life story and to develop the skills I will need to be successful in the professional world. More importantly, being a student leader allows me to give back to the university that has given me so much. I knew that becoming involved on campus would allow me to leave campus in a better situation than when I arrived and was the best way to meet new people and make new connections. 

What are your career goals?

I plan to apply to Teach for America during this year. Ideally, I would love to teach high school biology or chemistry. After Teach for America, I plan on going to graduate school for either public administration or education policy and would love to work for a city or state government on education reform.

What is one project you are proud to have helped implement on campus?

My proudest achievement as a student leader has come through my organization Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide. As treasurer, I helped form what would become our annual event: RUOK? Day, a day dedicated to educating students on how to approach their peers that may be struggling with mental health issues. As chair, I made it my mission to expand the scope and size of the event. It is now a signature event for Ohio State. 

What has been most helpful to you as a student leader?

Having a dedicated Ohio Union staff is the most helpful thing to Ohio State student leaders. I am fortunate to have a full time advisor and a graduate assistant for the Ohio Union Activities Board. They are always there to help myself and peers make our visions a reality. 

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

There are many different leadership styles, but I learned that the most successful leaders are the ones who are not afraid to give ownership to those around them and want to include others in their work. I think these are the qualities in a leader that encourage people to step up and buy into the leader’s vision. Successful leaders are those who are able to surround themselves with people who feel attached to the project at hand and are able to see a tangible product of their efforts. 

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