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A Day in the Life of a Buckeye


The mission of A Day in the Life of a Buckeye is to motivate urban and rural students, to achieve their full potential, through educationinspiration, and motivation

Program Overview:

A Day in the Life of a Buckeye is a program that offers an Ohio State experience for urban and Appalachian area high school students to experience life at OSU, and college in general, for a day. This visit, hosted by currently enrolled undergraduate & graduate students, often includes attending classes, interacting with faculty and staff, eating in campus-area dining facilities, visiting the library and recreational facilities, attending student group meetings, and seeing a residence hall room. 

Due to a multitude of obstacles – some of these students who participate in this program believe that college is unattainable. The primary job of A Day in the Life of a Buckeye is to show that college is achievable. The program focuses on motivating and educating students on the pathways to college. Ohio State students are present throughout the day to act as ambassadors for the university and to navigate students through college life (admissions, financial aid, etc.). Additionally, Ohio State students will share the opportunities offered to them during college and their own personal stories of overcoming adversity. Ambassadors will stress the importance of receiving a high school diploma and continuing forward into higher education. 

Program Goals:

  • Provide motivation for education
  • Motivate students in Ohio's urban and Appalachian school districts
  • Increase the college-going rate among Ohio's urban and Appalachian area students
  • Help principals, counselors, and teachers foster a college-going culture

The 7th annual fall A Day in the Life of a Buckeye welcomes high school seniors to Ohio State in early October, 2018.

If schools are interested in attending, complete the interest form Hereor contact Lane Washington ( or Haley Dicus ( 



DITL Staff