Student Spotlight: Kassidy Pastor

Kassidy Pastor was passionate about attending The Ohio State University, like her grandmother and father before her, when looking at colleges. Now, this third year Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholar's (DSWS) passions have led her on a path toward becoming a physician assistant.

Why did you choose The Ohio State University?

I chose to attend Ohio State because I have been a Buckeye my entire life. Both my grandmother and father attended the university. I have watched Ohio State football for as long as I can remember, and I have responded I-O to every O-H I've heard since I could talk. I truly knew I wanted to go here when I realized the endless opportunities the school could provide me. I would have the best education while going to a school that loved athletics, something I am passionate about. The university gave me the ability to be involved in so many things I loved because there are so many student organizations at Ohio State.

Why did you choose health sciences as a major?

I chose health sciences as my major because I've always known that I wanted to work with children and help them in some way. I have a passion for health and wellness. I remember going to the doctors when I was little and thinking this is what I want to be like when I'm older. Doctors were my heroes and what I aspired to be. I have always wanted to serve others, especially in my career, and healthcare gives me the ability to fulfill that desire.

How has The Ohio State Scholars Program contributed to your college experience?

When I think of my college experience, I cannot think of a time when Honors and Scholars has not contributed in a major way. When I decided to join the DSWS program, I could have never imagined the endless opportunities it would provide me. DSWS has allowed me to find my best friends. I've grown as a leader by being on the DSWS Leadership Council and now a student coordinator. I've made connections with both students, staff and professionals in the medical field that I wouldn't have made without my scholars program. I've been able to uncover my passion for service. Volunteering is an integral part of DSWS. Through DSWS service opportunities, I've volunteered at the Columbus Marathon, cleaned up the Columbus streets, raised money for BuckeyeThon, and attended a service trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

What is your why for wearing a mask?

I wear a mask because I feel a strong responsibility to protect those around me, especially those deemed high-risk. I would hate to have my actions be the reason someone else's health is jeopardized. Also, if we all wear a mask and do our part to stop the spread of Covid-19, our lives may go back to normal sooner.

What does #TogetherAsBuckeyes mean to you?

#TogetherAsBuckeyes means that we have a common theme within all of us, and that is we are all Buckeyes. Each and every one of us is going through this crazy time together, and we all are an integral part in stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Are there any professors or staff who have helped you?

My supervisor, and the program manager of the DSWS, Jenny Kuzmic, has helped me tremendously. She has been an instrumental mentor, showing me how to step up on challenges, positively reflect on situations, and lead with confidence, as well as grace. She has truly given me an example of how to be a successful leader and how to make an impact on students' lives.

What are your goals and plans for the future?

I plan to go to school to become a physician assistant and specialize in pediatrics. I want to be able to have a positive impact on people, and as a physician assistant, I am provided that opportunity.