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Nov 17

Sydney.jpgSydney Hosford is a 4th year Honors student majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in Business. The Honors program appealed to her because it offered a challenge and gave her edge after college. "I thought it would be a great way to set me apart in my future whether it is in graduate school or in my future career."

A native of Centerville, Ohio, Sydney never thought she would even consider the Ohio State University. However, by her senior year in high school, her choices included OSU, Belmont University, and Miami-Oxford. Although it seemed like a difficult decision, it became easier for her when she toured OSU for the second time. "I could see myself here, I felt comfortable here, I felt like I would be challenged here and never run out of opportunities."

Sydney describes herself as a passionate, dedicated, and hardworking individual. She is involved in many activities on campus and beyond. On campus, Sydney is involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) where she served on the executive board as the Financial Director. She is also an Account Supervisor in The PRactice, where she leads a team of eight associates who all serve a paying client. Her most memorable experience at OSU is being a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. "I never in a million years thought of myself as Greek, but come freshmen year, recruitment seemed like a memorable experience that I didn't want to miss out on." To Sydney, Gamma Phi was unique in their dedication to building strong girls. Their philanthropic focus is the Franklin County Girls on the Run program. Her favorite memory from Gamma Phi was when she was introduced to her "little" sister—who has become one her best friends—during the Big-Little Reveal. "She has shown me a love that I am forever grateful for."

Beyond campus, she's had internships with E.E. Ward Moving and Storage where she was in charge of planning their largest charity event, Laps for Lunches. Sydney has also worked for VARtek Services, The King Arts Complex and Nationwide. Her ultimate goal—which she will be achieving in December—is to graduate early knowing she has created a strong professional network and Buckeye friendships to last a lifetime. "I believe I will leave college knowing I tried my best in everything that I've done, and I've made strong friendships that will last for years to come."

By Christina Szuch, Honors & Scholars Media Team Member