Sesquicentennial Scholar Kirsten Brunswick
Ohio State is celebrating its first 150 years of excellence in education, research, innovation and community engagement by reflecting on its remarkable past and preparing for its bold future. In honor of the sesquicentennial, Ohio State chose 150 students to participate in the Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program. Five of the scholars attend The Ohio State University at Lima. As Ohio State's 150th anniversary kicks into high gear, look for sesquicentennial scholar spotlights each month.
Sesquicentennial Scholar Kirsten Brunswick is a walking, talking personification of the land grant mission of The Ohio State University.
As a first-generation student, she has been enthusiastic about taking advantage of the opportunities and accessibility of Ohio State’s regional campuses to begin building a bright future. When she followed her sisters to Ohio State Lima, she had no idea what it would do for the trajectory of her life.
“Having the opportunity to receive an Ohio State education has been life changing for me. The friendships and the skills I’ve developed here will remain with me long after I graduate,” Brunswick said. “This campus has truly become my second home and the experiences I’ve been so blessed to have will shape my character not just today but in the future as well.”
She jumped into the Student Success Program in the summer before her first year and hasn’t slowed down since, pushing forward new opportunities for campus like BuckeyeThon and the Circle K service club. Her summer internship as a Buckeye in Your Backyard put her in contact with alumni in the area and raised her level of enthusiasm for the university to even greater heights. The internship built her skills in interpersonal communication, fundraising, and networking, and gave her insight into her future.
“Talking with alumni about the successes that they had after graduation and seeing all the amazing ways that they are giving back to their communities inspires me and fills me with hope for what my future may hold going forward.”
At the end of her freshman year, Brunswick was named a sesquicentennial scholar along with Tori Bradford, Dalton Faulder, Blake Lamb and De Monte Lindsey. She is excited to see how the institution and its people will use the first 150 years to springboard into the future.
“As an institution, it is a time for us to reflect on all that we have accomplished in the last 150 years. But what is more important for us is to take this time to look forward,” she said. “As an institution, we need to take this year to decide where we are going, who we will be, and what we hope to accomplish.”
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Kirsten Brunswick is a sophomore from Anna majoring in business management.