Patrick Hall picked the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program (DSWS) because of his passion for sports and wellness. Now, Hall's passions have led him to explore how he can apply the skills he is learning as a finance major to a career focused on health and wellness when he leaves The Ohio State University.
Why did you choose The Ohio State University?
I chose to attend Ohio State due to the tremendous academic programs, diverse opportunities and outstanding campus environment. Being from the Columbus area I always knew about Ohio State. When I really took a step back and looked at what Ohio State had to offer, I knew I had found the perfect place for me.
Why did you pick Dunn Sports and Wellness Scholars?
I specifically picked the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program because of my passion for sports and wellness. All of my life, I have been an athlete and also coming into college, I knew I wanted to major in business or a health-related field. DSWS provided me with a community that fed into my passions for sports, health and wellness while also giving me an amazing network of peers. DSWS, and the Scholars program as a whole, has allowed me to pursue my love for sport and wellness while also gaining an invaluable college community.
How has The Ohio State Scholars Program contributed to your college experience?
Honors and Scholars has had such an enormous impact on my college experience. Through scholars, I have met some of my best friends, made countless memories, developed leadership skills, networked professionally and really developed a base for my time here at OSU. The opportunities that H&S has given me and the people I have met as a Scholar has been at the core of my college experience. I have been able to grow into a strong and outgoing leader. DSWS has impacted so much in my college years and I truly can't imagine my Ohio State experience without it.
Why did you pick your major?
I decided on finance as my major because of my overall interest and passion for the business field. I took multiple finance courses in high school which I really enjoyed. I really enjoyed how applicable a finance degree would be in whatever industry I move into post-college.
What is your why for wearing a mask?
My why for wearing a mask is to keep myself and others safe and healthy as we deal with these uncertain times. COVID's impact on my college experience is profound. Wearing a mask and taking the proper precautions allows all students at Ohio State to stay safe and have the ability to do the things that we love.
What does #TogetherAsBuckeyes mean to you?
Together As Buckeyes stands for the unity of the Ohio State community. With all of the uncertainty and changes due to COVID, it can be tough to stay present, live in the moment and look forward. However, as an Ohio State community, we are strong and can still make the best of a situation which is undoubtedly tough. Together As Buckeyes, we can overcome any obstacle and be there to support our fellow Buckeyes along the way.
What student organizations are you involved with?
I am a part of the business fraternity Phi Gamma Nu (PGN) and BuckeyeThon. PGN has been a huge source of involvement and my main involvement in the Fisher College of Business. PGN has given me an amazing community of people who have helped make my OSU experience unbelievably special. In addition, I have participated in BuckeyeThon with our DSWS team and last year, I served as the DSWS Team Captain. This was an awesome experience to help raise money and awareness for the kids at Nationwide Children's Hospital and help make an impact in the Columbus community.
Are there any professors or staff who have helped you?
Abigail Ormsby and Jenny Kuzmic have been amazing mentors for me and have really helped me to find my place here at Ohio State. Abigail was my DSWS Program Coordinator during my first year and really helped me to grow to love Ohio State and love DSWS. Jenny Kuzmic, who was the DSWS Program Coordinator during my second year, and who I now work with within my leadership role as one of the DSWS Student Coordinators, has also been amazing. Jenny helped me grow so much both professionally and personally and helped push me to get to where I am today. Without Jenny's guidance and care, I wouldn't have had the tremendous scholars experience that I did and I wouldn't be the person that I am today. My experiences with these people and this program have helped me become a strong and confident leader and have given me a home here at Ohio State!
What are your goals and plans for the future?
After graduating, I hope to work in the financial sector in either athletics, healthcare or banking. I would love to settle into a career that highlights my passion for business as well as health and wellness!