Countdown to Commencement: Katie Bauman, Trevor Harrison-Rawn
Each spring we highlight members of the graduating class as we Countdown to Commencement. In 2021 -- a year like no other -- we asked 17 seniors to reflect on their ‘Berg experiences inside and outside of the classroom, their mentors and advisors and their plans after graduation. Each of these students was recommended for this special section by a ‘Berg faculty or staff member.
Cheers to the Class of ’21. Here’s to sweet endings and new beginnings!
I chose Heidelberg because of the supportive and personal atmosphere. I toured multiple times and everyone I came in contact with said hello and wanted to get to know me. Before I came to Heidelberg, I knew that I wanted to study Political Science, so I sat in on one of Dr. Marc O’Reilly’s classes. It was an engaging class that got me excited about Heidelberg. After sitting in on the class, I went out to lunch with Dr. O’Reilly and some of his students where we further discussed the opportunities at Heidelberg and the Department of Political Science. These personalized opportunities throughout the recruitment process made sure that I never felt like a number. All of these experiences made the Berg feel like the home that I wanted for undergrad.
I majored in Political Science because I wanted to study a topic that really interests me. I also knew that the classes that I would take, as a Poli Sci major, would prepare me for law school.
A major challenge I encountered while at Heidelberg was managing my life-threatening food allergies. I handled this by reaching out to people on campus who I knew would be able to help. Certified Nurse Practitioner Janelle Baldosser, Accessibility Coordinator Douglass Stoll, and the chefs at Hoernemann were extremely helpful! During my freshman year, I was asked to be the student representative on the Allergy Action Committee. I was honored to serve on the committee where I could address allergy concerns of myself and my peers. In my latter years at the Berg, Clean Plate was created. This major allergen-free kitchen has allowed students, like myself, to confidently eat safe and delicious food on campus.
Above all, Heidelberg prepared me to be a successful leader. I was given countless leadership opportunities that allowed me to grow over the past 4 years. As the Student Chair of the Student Research Conference Executive Committee, I developed organizational skills that allowed me to orchestrate successful campuswide conferences. In my final year on the committee, I learned how to pivot to an online format for the conference. Within Student Senate, I became the resident expert on Robert’s Rules of Order and empowered the future leaders of the group by teaching them about the rules in bite size “tidbits” each week. Within Model UN, I learned negotiation skills and a broader understanding of how cultural differences affect negotiation strategies. The interdisciplinary nature of the courses that I have taken at Heidelberg have also improved my ability to think critically about difficult topics, which is a skill that is necessary for successful leadership.
Outside the classroom, I was involved in Speech Team, Student Senate, Model UN, Dance Team, Zeta Theta Psi, Psi Chi (psychology international honorary), Order of Omega (Greek Life honorary), Pi Kappa Delta (Forensics/Speech honorary), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science honorary), Alpha Lambda Delta (First-Year Honors Society), the Student Research Conference Executive Committee, and the Allergy Action Committee.
My favorite extracurricular activity was the Speech Team because it was both challenging and rewarding. Professor Dan Higgins did an excellent job of coaching each of us to become the best possible version of ourselves. I will always cherish the memories of our van rides to different tournaments. The team allowed me to research and advocate on issues that I am passionate about. Through each speech and each tournament, my confidence, advocacy, and public speaking skills grew. When I am a successful lawyer someday, the Speech Team is going to be one of the reasons why.
One advisor who impacted my ‘Berg experience is Dr. Marc O’Reilly because he was someone I could count on. Even before I started at the Berg, he kept tossing opportunities my way. Some of these opportunities included recruiting me to join Model UN with the intention of me eventually running the conference, taking me on senior Poli Sci trips in my early years, and asking me to be the student chair on the Student Research Conference Executive Committee. I am so grateful that he has mentored me for the past 4 years and I know that we will stay in touch.
My favorite Heidelberg memory was singing karaoke at a Zeta recruitment event my sophomore year. It was a fun event where I came out of my shell and it allowed me to become closer with my sisters.
My plans after graduation are to attend the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law starting in the Fall!
I chose Heidelberg because I wanted to continue my football career and I found that this campus and community had a personable atmosphere that very few other places possessed
I majored in Business Administration, Economics and Political Science here at Heidelberg. I came into college as a Business Administration major working toward a future in management or finance and would later in my career add economics. My journey as a political science student came about after my freshman year when I was greatly influenced by Dr. Marc O’Reilly and his Honors Program seminar on global empires.
A major challenge I encountered while at Heidelberg was adjusting to campus after transferring in following the fall semester of my freshman year. I handled it by fully immersing myself in our campus, taking risks in the classroom and broadening my interests as a person.
Above all, Heidelberg prepared me to effectively manage possible failures and major obstacles that I will encounter throughout the rest of my life.
Outside of the classroom, I was involved in our university’s football program, the Honors Program, College Democrats, Writers in Residence and a number of other institutional organizations.
My favorite extra-curricular activity was football because the culture and closeness of our program is something that is not easily replicated.
Two faculty or staff mentors or advisors who impacted my ‘Berg experience are Dr. Joshua Bowman and Dr. Marc O’Reilly. Both have had incredible impacts on my academic and professional development. They each opened my eyes to political science and government, played integral roles in my motivation to pursue law school and have both become close friends and mentors.
It’s almost impossible to select one favorite Heidelberg moment from the past four years. The thing I will miss most is undoubtedly my time in the locker room and off the fields with my teammates.
My plans after graduation are to continue my financial advising practice with Northwestern Mutual, which I have managed for close to one year now, and to enter law school this coming fall.