My name is Callie Forrest and I am a junior in the Human Development and Family Sciences program, with an option in Human Services here at OSU. I grew up in a rural coastal town in northern California called Fortuna. I graduated high school in 2010 and came here to OSU. I am often asked why I chose OSU. The answer is pretty simple. As a senior in high school I didn’t know what I wanted to study and I knew going to a large university would provide the most opportunities for when I did figure that out. I was fortunate enough to get the chance to visit a few schools the fall of my senior year. Seeing Corvallis and the campus in the fall was all I needed to know this was the school for me. I’ve had a wonderful 3 years here so far and I am looking forward to my final year and graduation next spring.
My first two years here I was not very involved on campus and this year I have tried to change that. This year I am an intern in the DOSL office and a Peer Advisor for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This summer I will work as a START orientation leader and in the fall I will be a U-Engage Peer Leader. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills from all these great positions.
After graduation I hope to be able to get a job with College Possible in Portland. College Possible is a non-profit organization that helps low-income, and usually first generation college students get into and succeed in university. I learned about College Possible at a career fair on campus and was intrigued. I researched it more on my own and became determined to gain a position there after graduation. After working for a year or two, I will go to graduate school and hopefully get into a career that provides me the opportunity to help high school and college students.
P.S. This picture of me is taken at Niagara Falls, which was a very beautiful place. If you ever get the chance to go, don’t pass it up! That’s all I’ve got for now. Have a great and productive Week 7 and good luck as we head into Week 8!