Julianna Bottomley is an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholars (EI) student who decided to attend The Ohio State University because it offered the resources needed to pursue her passions. The skills that Bottomley gained through EI and the lessons learned in her classes have prepared her for any challenges that her career may present.
Why did you choose The Ohio State University?
I chose The Ohio State University because of its extensive alumni network, close proximity to my hometown, and limitless educational resources. I knew that Ohio State was equipped with the resources for me to learn more about technology and data. I wanted to absorb anything and everything that it had to offer. I believe that healthy personal growth begins with seeking out new opportunities and pushing yourself to go the extra mile, and I think that Ohio State has helped me pursue precisely that goal. I have grown in ways that are still hard to believe, both professionally and personally.
Why did you pick Honors and Scholars?
I picked Honors and Scholars because I wanted a fulfilling Ohio State experience with exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to network with other successful students, faculty and learn both in and outside the classroom. Although Ohio State is a large school, Honors and Scholars helps make the campus feel smaller. Because of this, I feel that I am able to be part of a more intimate community within the university. Honors and Scholars also gave me the freedom to explore other topics that might not pertain to my major, and I really appreciate that because it allows me to be well rounded in different subjects.
How has The Ohio State Scholars Program contributed to your college experience?
Honors and Scholars has opened so many doors for me that I don't think I would've found by myself. Whenever an Honors and Scholars Weekly email arrives, I always make sure to read it because it has so many opportunities to be involved in on campus. I am on the EI Leadership Council and helped initiate and organize our first trip to Chicago. Honors and Scholars has allowed me to be a part of something larger than myself while still making a difference for my community.
Why did you pick your major?
I was drawn to pursue management information systems because I always knew that I wanted to be involved in business administration and learn about what makes a business successful. Technology is shaping the future; I thought it'd be vital to learn more about how technology is impacting businesses.
What is your why for wearing a mask?
We have been so fortunate enough to return to campus this year, so I owe it to others for following the COVID-19 regulations by wearing a mask.
What does #TogetherAsBuckeyes mean to you?
To me, #TogtherAsBuckeyes means that no matter where each student lives or works, we unite to combat the spread of COVID-19 by following the proper CDC guidelines and putting others' interests before our own.
What student organizations are you involved with?
I'm currently a member of the Information Systems Association, and I'm looking to be more involved in one of their committees. I am also involved in Sigma Epsilon Phi, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Big Data and Analytics Association, and Buckeye Ventures.
Are there any professors or staff who have helped you?
Kaitlin Flintroy has helped me with job applications, improving the EI experience and she responds exceedingly fast to my many emails that I've sent her that were relevant and not relevant to the program. Kaitlin is understanding of my academic and extracurricular situations, and a constant support. She also facilitated a safe space for others in EI to share their thoughts and opinions. I feel like that's very important for creating a successful and inclusive environment.
I'd also like to acknowledge my Academic Advisor, Hannah Bushman. She's guided me through some of the toughest spots in my undergraduate career, and I owe her many thanks for all of her hard work and dedication to helping students like me succeed.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
I have a passion for solving problems, building relationships with others and implementing innovation within various settings. From the skills that I've gained throughout EI and the lessons that I've learned from my classes, I'm prepared for any challenge that my future career puts my way. I plan to work for a technology-based consulting company, such as Accenture, and eventually get involved with venture capital or private equity firms. I love to travel and learn about new industries, and I believe that a job in consulting is a perfect fit.